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Wednesday / November 26, 2014


 

Winter Storm Warning

We are under a Winter Storm Warning in Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as all of eastern Pennsylvania. The National Weather Service in State College tells us the storm is just off the Atlantic Coast... and it will move northward spreading moderate to heavy snow across Southern and Eastern PA.

Accumulations will be generally 3 to 7 inches... more in the higher mountain elevations.

 

Road Priorities

The first major snow storm of the season will be visiting us sometime Wednesday. For most of the Susquehanna Valley... we'll remain under a Winter Storm Warning through Wednesday morning. But, the folks who will get a workout today are PennDOT equipment operators. PennDOT's David Thompson says they do place a priority of pre – treating and plowing roads. Thousands of tons of road salt and pre – treat are in storage area's across District 3... which includes Columbia County... for use on the highways.

 

Crispin Field Fire

A malfunctioning furnace is being blamed for a fire Tuesday which damaged the visitors' field house at Crispin Field in Berwick. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday edition firemen were called to the field around 12:45 Tuesday afternoon when someone saw smoke coming from the building. Firemen finding a blaze in the ceiling. An hour before the incident... crews were in the building working on the furnace.

 

Run for the Diamonds

The 105th edition of Berwick's Run for the Diamonds is on tap for Thursday. The 9 mile trek through Berwick and Briar Creek Township is a long – held tradition. Appearing on Tuesday's edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... organizer Margaret Livsey says she has an estimated 12 – hundred participants signed up... about a hundred less than last year. But, more runners are expected to sign up. Our live coverage of this year's Run for the Diamonds in Berwick begins at 10 O'clock Thursday morning on the WHLM Stations... anchored by Jim Doyle and Larry Hopper.

 

Safe Cooking
They say it's a delicious way to cook a turkey, but it can also be very dangerous. It's becoming a holiday tradition, right along with the wishbone and football on TV...it's the Thanksgiving warning about the dangers of frying a turkey. Don't overfill the fryer with oil; keep it far from your home, garage or deck; have a fire extinguisher standing by; and call 9-1-1 immediately if something goes wrong. The state Fire Commissioner's office actually warns against trying to fry your turkey in oil, saying there are alternative oil less cookers on the market...

 

Hazleton Fatal

Hazleton Police are investigating the death of a 71 – year old woman killed when she was clipped by a sports utility vehicle at the corner of South Church Street near West Chapel. Police have not identified the woman who died... they did say the woman was crossing Church Street. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman driving the SUV was taken to a Hazleton area hospital for treatment.

 

Name Change for State Agency
A state agency has made its name-change official. The state Department of Public Welfare is now officially the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. The campaign to drop “welfare” from the agency's name goes back years. The agency recently unveiled the new logo. The old name and logo will be around for a little while though as the department burns through its remaining stationary and letterhead.

 

Transition Troubles
The Corbett administration is sparring with the incoming team for Governor-elect Tom Wolf. The battleground is the pending implementation of the program to expand Medicaid dollars for low-income Pennsylvanians. Governor-elect Tom Wolf favors full Medicaid expansion... Governor Tom Corbett opted for a hybrid program that uses the additional dollars for private health insurance. With only 8 weeks left in office, the Corbett administration is charging ahead with its alternative, known as Healthy PA. That's against the wishes of the next governor but policy experts say it won't be hard for Wolf's team to switch to a full Medicaid expansion next year...

 

Chop Shop Operation

Four people are behind bars after they were arrested on multiple charges of selling eight automobiles.. valued at more than a quarter – million dollars in the Hazleton area. Authorities say the chop – shop operation dealt with cars allegedly stolen in New York City. Arrested were three men from Hazleton... and one from Reading.

 

Plymouth Fire

A Plymouth man remains in critical condition in a hospital being treated for burns after a fire gutted his cluttered home. Authorities say home owner Joseph Gal-chef-ski was rushed to the Geisinger Wyoming Valley medical center for treatment. Firemen were called to his three story home in the 500 block of Lee Street at the start of the week. The origin of the blaze is not being considered suspicious.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Women's Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams were in action last night. The women's team played Edinboro at the Nelson Field House. WHLM's Larry White says the Huskies easily defeated Edinboro 59 – 49.

 

BU Men's Basketball

The men's team played Goldy Beacom in Wilmington, Delaware. WHLM's Jim Doyle telling us Bloomsburg downing Goldey Beacom 83 – 75.

 

Run for the Diamonds

There should be some great competition for the top awards tomorrow in the 105th Run for Diamonds in Berwick. In the men's competition, 6 of last years top 7 finishers will be running the 9 mile race. In the women's competition, 7 of last year's top 10 finishers will be running. The Run for the Diamonds begins tomorrow morning at 10:30. Live coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 10 O'clock...

 

Tuesday / November 25, 2014


 

*Operation Storm Watch*

Closings and Cancellations Wednesday, 11/26

* Luzerne County Community College - Closed

 

Winter Storm Warning

The National Weather Service in State Collage Tuesday afternoon issuing a Winter Storm Warning for the eastern half of Pennsylvania... including the Susquehanna Valley. The warning will go into effect at 3 AM and run through 4 AM Thursday. As we told you on the Tuesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... we can expect anywhere from 4 to 8 inches of snow starting early Wednesday morning. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service says a storm system will move northward just off the Atlantic coast late Tuesday night. It will spread a swath of heavy snow across the southern and eastern portions of Pennsylvania late Tuesday night through most of Wednesday. We're monitoring the storm to bring you the latest.

 

Holiday Travel

Despite a forecast of less than favorable weather, this Wednesday will still be a very busy travel day. According to Jana Tidwell, Spokesperson for Triple-A Mid Atlantic, 1-point-6-million Pennsylvanians plan to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a 4.5 % increase over last year. The majority will travel by car, encouraged mainly by lower gasoline prices. Tidwell says motorists will be paying the lowest price at the pump since 2009. With messy weather in the forecast for Wednesday, the best advice for travelers is to plan ahead and pack your patience.

 

Gas Prices

If you going be traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend... it will cost less to fill you gas tank. The latest Triple - A Fuel Gauge report says we're paying an average of $2.96 for a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular in Columbia and Montour County's... and across all of Northeastern Pennsylvania. More at some locations... less at others. A week ago.. gas was averaging $2.99... and a month ago we were paying an average of $3.19 a gallon.

 

PPL Winter

With winter quickly approaching... and snow forecast for this week... Allentown – based PPL says it's now time to plan for the rough weather ahead... and that includes shopping for a new electricity supplier. PPL's Terri MacBride says many subscribers enjoy brand loyalty. And Ms. MacBride says changing vendors is easy to do... just go over to the state's public service commission website... PAPowerswitch.com.

 

Voting Rolls

Voter registration officials across the state are trying to tidy up their rolls by eliminating voters who may have moved to another state... and failed to cancel their voter registration. Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says it's a continuing process to see who's eligible to vote. Since the midterm election... Repasky and his staffers have sent letters to those voters who have not cast ballots in some time... in return... there are dozens of his letters being returned due to no forwarding address or the notification with the post office has expired.

 

State Health Centers
The Corbett administration has to come up with a plan to reopen state health centers after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled it can't close any of its 60 public health clinics statewide. The state's high court sided with nurses and Democratic state lawmakers recently when five out of six justices agreed the administration must stop shuttering clinics that provide services like flu vaccines and STD testing to rural areas. 16 health centers have closed since last year. The Corbett administration had planned to close 26 out of 60 health centers to cut costs. It's unclear how soon any of the closed centers can reopen as many have lost leases in the buildings where they were operating...

 

Sunbury Fire

Investigators will try to determine today what caused six Sunbury homes to go up in flames on Monday. The fire began at mid morning in the 1100 block of Miller Street... quickly spreading... thanks to windy conditions. No one was inside the structures at the time the blaze started.

 

Undercover Operations

A seven-month-long undercover operation led by the state attorney general's office has yielded more than 200 arrests and new intelligence on gangs and drug trafficking networks. The mobile street crimes unit made a total 239 arrests and the seizure of over $300,000 worth of heroin in the Harrisburg area. The operation is the second by the unit after getting funding last year. Its first operation was in Hazleton. State Sen. John Yudichak who represents the Hazleton area, says he'd like to see this unit go statewide. Meanwhile, its moving on to another undisclosed city.

 

Sentence

A man who sexually assaulted a woman in Hazleton two years ago will spend a minimum of 13 – years in prison. Bryant Peguero of Hazleton was sentenced Monday. Authorities in the case testifying that Peguero followed the woman... and assaulted her on North Alter Street during June of 2012.

 

Hazleton Assault

Hazleton Police are looking for a man who robbed and assaulted a woman early Monday morning. It happened in the area of 3rd Street and Sherman Court. The robber striking the woman in the face... snatched some cash... and took her cell phone. Police are not saying if they have a person of interest. However, they did say the woman went to a hospital for treatment of injuries.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The Virginia State football team lost its first two games this season, but will take a ten game winning streak into their NCAA playoff game against Bloomsburg University Saturday at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium. Huskies coach Paul Darragh is concerned with the Trojans' quarterback- Tarian Ayres. Virginia State at Bloomsburg kicks off Saturday at noon.

 

BU Basketball

The Huskies Men's and Women's teams were split Tuesday evening. The Women were at home where they beat Edinboro 59-49. The Men were on the road in Delaware where they beat Goldey-Beacom 83-78. You can hear the details with Larry White and Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

The Huskies are back in play this weekend. The Women will be in Philly to play the University of the Sciences in a 1PM tip-off on Sunday. The Men will be at home Monday night to play PSU-Lehigh Valley starting at 7PM.

 

NFL / Monday

In the NFL Monday night... the Buffalo Bills defeated the New York Jets 38 to 3... and the Baltimore Ravens downed the New Orleans Saints 34 – 27.

Monday / November 24, 2014


 

 

Winter Weather

We may be in for some rough weather before the week is over. The National Weather Service in State College issuing a Winter Storm Watch from Wednesday morning at 7 O'clock... all the way through Thanksgiving day at 4 AM. A meteorologist keeping an eye on the situation says a cold front coming in from the west will collide with warm, moist air from the south... which will leave 1 to 3 inches of snow in Columbia and Montour Counties. More in the higher elevations... and the further you go northeast in the mid Atlantic states you could see anywhere from 12 to 24 inches on the ground.

 

Click It or Ticket

With the holiday's arriving shortly... PennDOT and it's partners is taking part in the National “Click It or Ticket” traffic enforcement campaign. The Bloomsburg Police Department is getting on-board.. looking for drivers who are not wearing their seat belts.... according to BPD officer David Bowman. If you drive... using your seat belt is mandatory. Officer Bowman says if you're involved in an accident... keeping you inside the vehicle is the best chance of survival... and lessens the possibility of injury.

 

State Financial Outlook
The head of the Pennsylvania Fiscal Office is painting a less than encouraging picture of Pennsylvania's financial outlook. The state budget is more than $1.8-billion in the red, a figure expected to top $2 billion by the end of the fiscal year. Matthew Knittel, Director of the Independent Fiscal Office, says many factors are to blame, including a dwindling tax base. In addition, older Pennsylvanians make fewer purchases which affects sales tax revenue. He also points to the switch to cell phones means less revenue from land lines.

 

Mike Turzai

Getting ready to greet a new Governor... a Democrat at that. That's what the state house is doing in Harrisburg as 2014 draws to a close. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... house speaker – elect Mike Turzai says funding education is a top priority. He says the state contributes $10 – and – a – half billion. Speaker – elect Turzai... of the North Hills of Allegheny County... says education funding will remain a priority.

 

Lame Duck Legislative Session

The Democratic Leader in the state Senate is reacting to the possibility of lawmakers voting on legislation Gov.-Elect Tom Wolf taking office. House and Senate members will be sworn in January 6th, 14 days before the inauguration of Tom Wolf. Republicans who control both chambers are considering acting on bills while Tom Corbett is still Governor, something frowned upon by Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa. He calls that proposal-quote-"inappropriate, unprecedented and inexcusable."

 

Dick Knoebel

A local businessman has been inducted into a hall of fame. Dick Knoebel is now a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. Knoebels amusement resort sits on the Columbia – Northumberland County line... and was first opened in 1926. The award make Otto Kurecian of the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau pretty happy. Serving an estimated 1- million visitors a season... Knoebels is one of a few parks that do no charge admission to get through the gate.

 

State Unemployment

The State Department of Labor and Industry says Pennsylvania's job market emerged from a slumber in October. They say hiring picked up and the unemployment rate dropped to a six-year low... checking in at 5 -point four percent.. three – tenths of a percentage point lower. A confluence of events — retailers and shipping companies gearing up for the holiday season, lower gasoline prices, plus improvements in the housing market — fed last month's gains and positive growth,

 

Changes to a State Agency
A big change is coming to a major state agency. It's the day that the state Department of Public Welfare ceremoniously becomes the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. The name change was approved by the legislature, but lawmakers took steps to minimize the costs, saying the department would still use old letterhead and other office materials until they are phased out and replaced with the new name and logo. That logo will be unveiled during a ceremony Monday in Harrisburg. The name change was brought on by the sentiment that the name "welfare" carries a stigma in today's age, and the word does not begin to describe the scope of the services handled by the massive department. Most other states have also migrated away from the name "welfare" in their counterpart agencies.

 

Antibiotics Overuse
The state Health Department is teaming up with Capital Blue Cross to raise awareness about the overuse of antibiotics. The effort is part of Get Smart About Antibiotics Week which runs through this Sunday. This is one of 16 state-based efforts funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Organizers are calling mainly on health care providers to inform their patients about the risks. Nationally, over 2 million people become ill each year with antibiotic - resistant bacteria, with at least 23-thousand deaths.

 

Standoff

Police in Freeland are still investigating an incident when a man held officers at bay for nearly an hour Saturday night. The stand off began when the man shot into a neighbor’s house in the 900 block of Centre Street. The unidentified man was taken to the Luzerne County Jail.

 

Hazleton Shooting

Hazleton police continue their investigation into a shooting near East Diamond avenue and Fulton Court. The incident happened early Saturday just before 5 AM. They say the unidentified man was treated at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Hazleton.

 

Bank Robbery

A White Haven man is jailed in Luzerne County after he allegedly robbed an Avoca bank. Police say 46 – year old Michael McDonough got money from the PNC Bank late Friday... but he was recognized in security video by a co – worker. McDonough later telling cops he decided to rob the bank after blowing his pay check at a casino.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team will play Virginia State for the first time in school history. The teams will meet Saturday at noon at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium in an NCAA Division II regional semifinal. The Huskies had a bye while Virginia State beat LIU Post 28-17 Saturday in a first round game. This Saturday's other semifinal will be West Chester at Concord. Unbeaten Concord had a bye while West Chester beat Slippery Rock 46-20.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams will try to extend winning streaks Tuesday. The men's team has now won its first four games. Tuesday night, the Huskies play at Goldy Beacom College in Wilmington, Delaware. The women's team has won two in a row after a season opening loss. They are at home Tuesday against Edinboro in a game that will begin at 5:30.

 

NFL / Sunday

In the NFL Sunday... the Philadelphia Eagles downed the Tennessee Titans 43 – 24... and the Dallas Cowboys defeat the New York Giants 31 – 28.

 

NFL / Monday

The Jets were scheduled to play the Bills in Buffalo, but because of the snowstorms in the Buffalo area, that game will be played Monday night at Ford Field in Detroit.

 

Sunday / November 23, 2014


 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team will play Virginia State for the first time in school history. The teams will meet Saturday at noon at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium in an NCAA Division II regional semifinal. The Huskies had a bye while Virginia State beat LIU Post 28-17 Saturday in a first round game. This Saturday's other semifinal will be West Chester at Concord. Unbeaten Concord had a bye while West Chester beat Slippery Rock 46-20.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams will try to extend winning streaks Tuesday. The men's team has now won its first four games. Tuesday night, the Huskies play at Goldy Beacom College in Wilmington, Delaware. The women's team has won two in a row after a season opening loss. They are at home Tuesday against Edinboro in a game that will begin at 5:30.

 

NFL /  Sunday 

In the NFL Sunday... the Philadelphia Eagles downed the Tennessee Titans 43 – 24...

 

What's Happening? Sunday, November 23, 2014


 

WHLM Sports

The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams played Shippensburg at the Nelson Field House this weekend. The Women beat the Red Raiders 64-57, the Men beat Shippensburg 76-73. The Men's team is now 4-0 on their season. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Both teams play again Tuesday evening. The Women are at home to play Edinboro, and the Men are on the road in Delaware to play Goldey-Beacom. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame at 5:10, followed by the Men's 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Nov 26

The Anthony Township Municipal Building will be hosting a blood drive this Wednesday from 1-6 PM. The building is at 1295 White Hall Road in Turbotville.

 

Nov 27

An international Berwick tradition – the Run for the Diamonds gets under way once again this Thanksgiving morning in downtown Berwick. Hundreds of runners from around the world will compete in one of the oldest footraces in the country. The race starts promptly at 10:30 AM. WHLM's Jim Doyle and Larry Hopper will be bringing us the action live from the finish line starting at 10 AM.

 

Nov 28 – Dec 7

BTE's TreeFest is in full swing again this year, running November 28 – December 7 at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. More than 130 live decorated trees are on display, with live entertainment, drawings and events. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for kids 12 and under. Open days are Fridays through Sundays November 28, 29, 30, and December 5, 6, 7. Special needs tours are available Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 3rd & 4th. Pre-school tours are available Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4th and 5th. For more information, visit TreeFest under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Nov 28 – Dec 28

Experience the magic of Christmas with Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's presentation of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, running November 28 through December 28. The show is fun for the whole family filled with adventure, mystery, and a mouse named Amos. The annual Food Preview is Saturday November 29th at 2PM. For show times and ticket information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Nov 28 (Dec 1)

It's time to save your seat for TeaFest 2014, a High Scottish Tea being held at the Caldwell Consistory Monday, December 1st at 1PM. Enjoy an afternoon among the trees of TreeFest, and special guest Elanor Roosevelt, portrayed by Meg Geffken. Tickets are $25 each. RSVP by Friday, November 28. Call 784-5530 for more information.

 

Nov 28 – Dec 21

Starting Black Friday at 9AM, Southside Fire Company in Riverside will be selling Christmas trees and wreaths in their pavilion through Sunday, December 21. Choose from Douglas Fir, Frazier Fir, and Blue Spruce and others. Hours are Thursdays and Fridays 4-7:30 PM, Saturdays 9 AM - 7:30 PM, and Sundays 11 AM – 5 PM.

 

Nov 28 / Dec 30

Come to the Moose Exchange Antler Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg and check out the Cash and Carry Community Art Exhibition. Starting on Black Friday, the pieces can be bought for $25 each - $20 goes to the artist and $5 goes to the Moose. Artists are encouraged to create new pieces throughout the run of the show. Artists' Reception is Black Friday, November 28 from 6-8PM.

 

Nov 28

Santa Claus is coming to town in the 5th annual WHLM Parade of Lights, Powered by PPL. Black Friday, November 28th at 6PM, the parade will illuminate downtown Bloomsburg with thousands of lights. Top prizes of $250, $500, and $1,000 will be awarded to the best displays of the night. The parade forms at the hospital lot on Lightstreet Road at 4:45 PM. Register online by clicking the button at the top left of the page or stop by the WHLM studios at 124 East Main Street – you must be registered to be eligible for the grand prizes.

 

Nov 29

Visit downtown Bloomsburg this holiday season for the annual Home-based Business Expo, at 36 and 40 East Main Street. Find locally-made jewelry, artwork, baked goods and more. It all starts on Small Business Saturday, November 29th and runs every Saturday through December 19th from 10 AM – 3 PM.

 

Nov 29 & 30

Stop by the Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg during the North Pole Express train rides November 29 & 30 for special holiday crafts and activities, a look a the museum's model railroad display, and an exhibition of railroad photography by the Moose Exchange's Oren Helbok.

 

Nov 29

The Columbia Valley Moose Lodge is holding a singles dance for ages 21 and older Saturday, November 29th from 8-11 PM featuring Power House Sound. Doors open at 7PM. Cover charge is $8. The Moose Lodge is located behind Sheetz on Route 11 between Berwick and Bloomsburg. For more information call 570-441-3534.

 

Nov 30

Join AGAPE for a special Advent program this Sunday afternoon at Wesley United Methodist Church, on Market Street in Bloomsburg. The program will run from 2-4 PM. A collection will be taken up to benefit AGAPE's Heating Assistance Fund.

 

Dec 1

Katy's Church near Muncy is holding a Hungry Hunter's Lunch on Monday, December 1st from 11AM – 5PM. There will be hot soups, sandwiches, drinks and dessert. The historic church is at 440 Katy's Church Road in Madison Township next to the State Game Lands.

 

Dec 3 – 19

Teachers - it's time to reserve your seats for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's student matinée performances of Twas The Night Before Christmas, coming up December 3rd through the 19th at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. Student shows start at 10AM, cost is $9 for all audience members. For more information on student matinées for your school, check out the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Dec 6

The second-annual Christmas craft show will be held this Saturday at Saint Joseph's School in Danville from 9 AM – 4 PM. There will be gift baskets, Tricky Trays, home-baked goods and more. The school I at 511 Ferry Street in Danville.

 

Dec 7

Come to the Twin Bridges, Route 487 in Forks, Sunday afternoon, December 7th, for a covered bridge winter festival from 1-3 PM. There will be live music, ham and bean soup, hot drinks, a bake sale, and Santa Claus will be giving hayrides between the Twin Bridges and the Josiah Hess Bridge. The Columbia County Covered Bridge association will be on hand with collectors merchandise including the Rupert Bridge Collectors' Crock.

 

Dec 14

Come to the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg Sunday, December 14th for the 5th annual free community Christmas dinner, in memory of Janis Labour. Doors open at Noon, activities start at 12:30, and dinner will be served at 1PM. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 570-764-7985.

 

Dec 15

The Community Singers present A Rhapsody of Christmas, Monday evening December 15th. Showtime is at 7PM at St Peter's United Methodist Church on 240 Sunbury Road in Riverside.

 

Dec 18 – 21

Crumpet is back – and crankier than ever! It's the return of The Santaland Diaries, presented by BTE at the Capitol Restaurant in downtown Bloomsburg. Showtime is at 8PM December 18, 19, 20, and 21. This show is intended for mature audiences. A select dinner and bar menu will be available. For more information, visit the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru Dec 31

All Occasion Rentals in Buckhorn is holding a Multiple Myeloma Awareness and Benefit Raffle for John Yoder through the end of the year. Tickets are $10 each with a grand prize of $2,000 in rental credit from All Occasion. Drawing will be held January 3rd. Call 570-441-1101 for more information.

 

Thru Dec 31

The Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library are offering the third in their series of ceramic crocks commemorating Bloomsburg's iconic sites. This year's crock features the 1892 Town Fountain. The 1/2 gallon crock is hand-made by a local Pennsylvania potter. You can see one at the Library on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg. Order forms are available at the Library front desk.

 

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 maintenance 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.

 

What's Happening? Saturday, November 22, 2014


 

The Columbia-Montour Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International will meet this morning at 10 AM at Spirit Life Church, 1338 Old Berwick Rd., Bloomsburg. The guest speaker will be Susan Hoke. There will be free coffee and snacks. Everyone is welcome.

 

The 10th annual holiday craft and food fair will be held at St Columba Catholic Church on 3rd Street in Bloomsburg today from 9 AM – 2 PM. There will be over 30 vendors to shop from, as well as live music, lots of food, and the famous Dollar Tree.

 

The Montour-DeLong Fair Association is holding another great all-you-can-eat haddock fish dinner this evening from 3-7 PM at the fairgrounds on Broadway Road in Danville. Cost is $12 for a full meal, or just $8 for a small portion. Any active-duty military personnel who come in uniform will receive their meal for free. Take-out is available. Call 570-437-2178 for more information.

 

The Moose Exchange Antler Gallery is hosting an album release show this evening by local folk musician Paul Loomis, and his new CD, World-Famous In Bloomsburg. Paul will be playing songs from the album as well as old favorites. The release party runs from 6-8 PM Saturday at the Antler on Main Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series continues tonight with The Illusionists – Witness The Impossible, the world's best-selling magic show, featuring a lineup of seven astounding magicians all in one show. Showtime is 8PM at the Haas Center for the Arts on BU's main campus. Tickets are $35 for adults and $17 for kids and BU students. Visit the Celebrity Artist Series under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

WHLM Sports

The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams played Shippensburg at the Nelson Field House this weekend. The Women beat the Red Raiders 64-57, the Men beat Shippensburg 76-73. The Men's team is now 4-0 on their season. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Both teams play again Tuesday evening. The Women are at home to play Edinboro, and the Men are on the road in Delaware to play Goldey-Beacom. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame at 5:10, followed by the Men's game in-progress.

 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Nov 26

The Anthony Township Municipal Building will be hosting a blood drive this Wednesday from 1-6 PM. The building is at 1295 White Hall Road in Turbotville.

 

Nov 27

An international Berwick tradition – the Run for the Diamonds gets under way once again this Thanksgiving morning in downtown Berwick. Hundreds of runners from around the world will compete in one of the oldest footraces in the country. The race starts promptly at 10:30 AM. WHLM's Jim Doyle and Larry Hopper will be bringing us the action live from the finish line starting at 10 AM.

 

Nov 28 – Dec 7

BTE's TreeFest is in full swing again this year, running November 28 – December 7 at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. More than 130 live decorated trees are on display, with live entertainment, drawings and events. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for kids 12 and under. Open days are Fridays through Sundays November 28, 29, 30, and December 5, 6, 7. Special needs tours are available Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 3rd & 4th. Pre-school tours are available Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4th and 5th. For more information, visit TreeFest under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Nov 28 – Dec 28

Experience the magic of Christmas with Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's presentation of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, running November 28 through December 28. The show is fun for the whole family filled with adventure, mystery, and a mouse named Amos. The annual Food Preview is Saturday November 29th at 2PM. For show times and ticket information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Nov 28 (Dec 1)

It's time to save your seat for TeaFest 2014, a High Scottish Tea being held at the Caldwell Consistory Monday, December 1st at 1PM. Enjoy an afternoon among the trees of TreeFest, and special guest Elanor Roosevelt, portrayed by Meg Geffken. Tickets are $25 each. RSVP by Friday, November 28. Call 784-5530 for more information.

 

Nov 28 – Dec 21

Starting Black Friday at 9AM, Southside Fire Company in Riverside will be selling Christmas trees and wreaths in their pavilion through Sunday, December 21. Choose from Douglas Fir, Frazier Fir, and Blue Spruce and others. Hours are Thursdays and Fridays 4-7:30 PM, Saturdays 9 AM - 7:30 PM, and Sundays 11 AM – 5 PM.

 

Nov 28 / Dec 30

Come to the Moose Exchange Antler Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg and check out the Cash and Carry Community Art Exhibition. Starting on Black Friday, the pieces can be bought for $25 each - $20 goes to the artist and $5 goes to the Moose. Artists are encouraged to create new pieces throughout the run of the show. Artists' Reception is Black Friday, November 28 from 6-8PM.

 

Nov 28

Santa Claus is coming to town in the 5th annual WHLM Parade of Lights, Powered by PPL. Black Friday, November 28th at 6PM, the parade will illuminate downtown Bloomsburg with thousands of lights. Top prizes of $250, $500, and $1,000 will be awarded to the best displays of the night. The parade forms at the hospital lot on Lightstreet Road at 4:45 PM. Register online by clicking the button at the top left of the page or stop by the WHLM studios at 124 East Main Street – you must be registered to be eligible for the grand prizes.

 

Nov 29

Visit downtown Bloomsburg this holiday season for the annual Home-based Business Expo, at 36 and 40 East Main Street. Find locally-made jewelry, artwork, baked goods and more. It all starts on Small Business Saturday, November 29th and runs every Saturday through December 19th from 10 AM – 3 PM.

 

Nov 29 & 30

Stop by the Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg during the North Pole Express train rides November 29 & 30 for special holiday crafts and activities, a look a the museum's model railroad display, and an exhibition of railroad photography by the Moose Exchange's Oren Helbok.

 

Nov 29

The Columbia Valley Moose Lodge is holding a singles dance for ages 21 and older Saturday, November 29th from 8-11 PM featuring Power House Sound. Doors open at 7PM. Cover charge is $8. The Moose Lodge is located behind Sheetz on Route 11 between Berwick and Bloomsburg. For more information call 570-441-3534.

 

Nov 30

Join AGAPE for a special Advent program this Sunday afternoon at Wesley United Methodist Church, on Market Street in Bloomsburg. The program will run from 2-4 PM. A collection will be taken up to benefit AGAPE's Heating Assistance Fund.

 

Dec 1

Katy's Church near Muncy is holding a Hungry Hunter's Lunch on Monday, December 1st from 11AM – 5PM. There will be hot soups, sandwiches, drinks and dessert. The historic church is at 440 Katy's Church Road in Madison Township next to the State Game Lands.

 

Dec 3 – 19

Teachers - it's time to reserve your seats for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's student matinée performances of Twas The Night Before Christmas, coming up December 3rd through the 19th at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. Student shows start at 10AM, cost is $9 for all audience members. For more information on student matinées for your school, check out the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Dec 6

The second-annual Christmas craft show will be held this Saturday at Saint Joseph's School in Danville from 9 AM – 4 PM. There will be gift baskets, Tricky Trays, home-baked goods and more. The school I at 511 Ferry Street in Danville.

 

Dec 7

Come to the Twin Bridges, Route 487 in Forks, Sunday afternoon, December 7th, for a covered bridge winter festival from 1-3 PM. There will be live music, ham and bean soup, hot drinks, a bake sale, and Santa Claus will be giving hayrides between the Twin Bridges and the Josiah Hess Bridge. The Columbia County Covered Bridge association will be on hand with collectors merchandise including the Rupert Bridge Collectors' Crock.

 

Dec 14

Come to the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg Sunday, December 14th for the 5th annual free community Christmas dinner, in memory of Janis Labour. Doors open at Noon, activities start at 12:30, and dinner will be served at 1PM. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 570-764-7985.

 

Dec 15

The Community Singers present A Rhapsody of Christmas, Monday evening December 15th. Showtime is at 7PM at St Peter's United Methodist Church on 240 Sunbury Road in Riverside.

 

Dec 18 – 21

Crumpet is back – and crankier than ever! It's the return of The Santaland Diaries, presented by BTE at the Capitol Restaurant in downtown Bloomsburg. Showtime is at 8PM December 18, 19, 20, and 21. This show is intended for mature audiences. A select dinner and bar menu will be available. For more information, visit the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru Dec 31

All Occasion Rentals in Buckhorn is holding a Multiple Myeloma Awareness and Benefit Raffle for John Yoder through the end of the year. Tickets are $10 each with a grand prize of $2,000 in rental credit from All Occasion. Drawing will be held January 3rd. Call 570-441-1101 for more information.

 

Thru Dec 31

The Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library are offering the third in their series of ceramic crocks commemorating Bloomsburg's iconic sites. This year's crock features the 1892 Town Fountain. The 1/2 gallon crock is hand-made by a local Pennsylvania potter. You can see one at the Library on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg. Order forms are available at the Library front desk.

 

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 maintenance 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.

 

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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 / November 21, 2014


Pipeline Meeting

It was decidedly a one -sided meeting... members of the Shale Justice Coalition meeting at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall Thursday night to discuss their concerns about a natural gas pipeline. Oklahoma – based Williams Company wants to route the 42 inch in diameter through the heart of Columbia County. Former BU employee Tom Lyons went one step further.... by calling for the ousting of politicians... no matter what party they belong to. There were no Williams Company employees at last night's meeting.

 

Porngate
More confusion from the State Attorney General's office as officials try to figure out how to deal with the bombastic pornographic email scandal in Harrisburg. WHLM's Brad Christman is reporting it's been a week of confusing messages from the office of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane. On Tuesday night, she appeared on CNN and said the porn emails that have made headlines in Harrisburg included images of children, leading some to ask if this was a criminal case of child porn. By Wednesday, the word was it was not kiddie porn. Also Wednesday, a spokesperson from Kane's office said Kane had decided not to prosecute regarding the emails. And today, spokesperson Renee Martin says she misspoke and no decision has been made. Meanwhile, Kane herself says she can't talk about the emails because of a court order....one that would have been in effect Tuesday night when she went on CNN...to talk about the emails.

 

Obama Immigration

President Obama addressed the Nation Thursday night to announce an executive action on illegal immigration. The illegal immigration issue helped lift former Hazleton mayor Lou Barletta to the U.S. House, and he was among the first to blast President Obama's plan to allow illegal immigrants to stay in America through an executive order that bypasses Congress. Barletta has already introduced a bill that would ban undocumented residents from employment, a bill similar to the controversial law he succeeded in passing in Hazleton, but saw overturned in the courts...

 

Scott Township Budget

The Scott Township supervisors this week approved their preliminary $1.3 - million budget for the 2015 fiscal year. Township Secretary Eric Stahley says it's your typical budget for a municipality the size of Scott Township. Stahley says residents will have 20 days to look it over before Supervisors give it final approval on December 17th.

 

Bloomsburg Fire

Bloomsburg firemen were called out of their quarters shortly after 4:15 AM Friday morning. It happened when an automatic fire alarm sounded at the 500 Club Apartments on Honeysuckle Lane. Reports from the scene indicate the man who lives in a third floor apartment had to be pulled out... after getting a healthy dose of smoke from burned food coming from a microwave. After getting some fresh air... and being checked out by EMS he was reported in good shape. After using exhaust fans to clear smoke in the apartment.. units were back at their station by 5 O'clock.

 

I-80 Accident

The westbound lane of Interstate 80 near Mifflinville is open to traffic Friday morning after an SUV... with a pull along trailer attached... rolled over on the superhighway Thursday afternoon. State police tell us 62 – year old Arlene Bobo of Newport, Vermont lost control with both the SUV and trailer rolling over. The driver got out of the wreckage... but a passenger... identified by police as 31 – year old Jeremy Bobo of the Los Angeles area... and two dogs were trapped for a short time. Both of the individuals were transported for Geisinger for treatment. The dogs were safely transported from the scene.

 

Investing

There's no shortage of ideas when it comes to investing, but you need to proceed with caution. The state Banking Department is stopping short of calling them scams, but use caution if you're considering binary options and so-called stream-of-income investments. The legalization of medical marijuana in 23 states has also led to the proliferation of some less-than-desirable investments in that industry. And be wary of investing in virtual currency which has experienced wide swings in price and is not backed by the FDIC.
 

Officer Involved Shooting

Charges have been filed stemming from that police involved shooting at a Hanover Township strip mall this week. 30 – year old Bong Bob Kim nearly running over two police officers during an undercover drug investigation. One officer squeezing off a round... hitting Kim. The Wilkes – Barre man is not stranger to criminal justice. He pleaded guilty to marijuana paraphernalia in connection with a 2008 traffic stop.

 

New Judge

Luzerne County has selected a new president judge. Richard Hughes replaces Thomas Burke who wraps up a five year term next month. Hughes is a former Luzerne County assistant district attorney who first served as judges nearly 3 – years ago following the Kids for Cash scandal.

 

Coal Street Deli

A vacant building which housed a Wilkes – Barre business was damaged by fire this week. Authorities say a heating unit is blamed for the blaze which extensively damaged the former Coal Street Deli. The building was being remodeled.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU FootballI

In just his second season as Bloomsburg University's head football coach, Paul Darragh has been named the PSAC Eastern Division coach of the year. Fourteen Huskies including middle linebacker Justin Shirk, who was named the Eastern Division defensive player of the week, were named to the all PSAC all star team. The Huskies, who finished the season with a 10 and 1 record, have a bye this weekend. On the 29th, they will be at home against the winner of Saturday's game between Virginia State and LIU post in the NCAA Division II playoffs.

 

BU Basketball

It will be a match-up off unbeatens when the Bloomsburg University men's basketball team plays Shippensburg Saturday afternoon at the Nelson Field House. The doubleheader starts with the women's game at 1O'clock. Our coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:40.

 

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team takes on Central Michigan tonight at the Nelson Field House. That match begins at 7 o'clock.

 

Bucknell Basketball

In men's college basketball Thursday night... Villanova defeated Bucknell 72 to 65.

 

NFL / Thursday

In the NFL.. The Oakland Raiders downed the Kansas City Chiefs 24 to 20..

 

 

Thursday / November 20, 2014


 

 

Columbia County Budget

The Columbia County Commission meets this afternoon... and they're expected to approve the advertising of the 2015 fiscal year budget. Commissioner David Kovach called it a “tight” proposed spending plan. Commissioners say they're not getting the money needed from cell phones operating in the area... and it appears the expected cost of the Snutti – Spencer murder trial has already in the budget... again... without the need for a property tax increase.

 

Moxie / Salem Twp

The Salem Township Supervisors have given their okay for a conditional use permit to a company who wants to build a natural gas fuel plan... producing 900 megawatts of electricity. Folks who live in the township aren't happy about the approval and the proposed plant from Moxie Energy.

 

Great American Smokeout
The 39th Annual Great American Smokeout is Thursday. The message on this Great American Smokeout day is clear... stop smoking and using tobacco for one day, and hopefully you'll never want it again. A number of events are planned statewide Thursday. The American Cancer Society is also pushing for a stronger Indoor Air law in PA... as well as a tax on non-cigarette products like smokeless tobacco.

 

Christmas Boulevard

The Berwick Jaycee's building on Mulberry Street near Crispin Field is a buzz of activity. That's where organizations and civic groups meet just about every day to work on the 2014 edition of the annual Christmas Boulevard. Travis Petty is organizing this year's fix up, paint up project. The group of volunteers always needs you help. They're spiffing up what they have so the boulevard can open on December 6th.


Medicaid Expansion
Governor Tom Corbett fought the federal government for a medicaid expansion plan that met his criteria, but the election of a new governor could mean all that waiting and working might be for naught in the long run. What could have been a simple Medicaid expansion was turned into a complex private insurance - Medicaid hybrid that delayed coverage for up to 600,000 low-income Pennsylvanians by a year. Governor Tom Corbett's Healthy-PA plan hasn't even begun enrollment yet - that starts on December 1st - but already, the new Governor-Elect is apparently looking to dismantle the program. Tom Wolf's transition team has hinted that the new administration plans to scrap Healthy PA and instead expand Medicaid outright.

 

Voter Registration
It's easy to do, you move to a new state and register to vote there, but you forget to cancel your registration in the state you've moved from. Pennsylvania is now in a program to help keep that from happening. Pennsylvania is among 28 states taking part in the Interstate Voter Registration Program to reduce the number of duplicate voter registrations. A list of 43-thousand voters with potential duplicate registrations is being sent to county election offices, asking them to contact voters who appear to have a more recent registration in another state. Those notified will remain on the rolls for two additional federal elections.

 

Officer Involved Shooting

An officer involved shooting in Hanover Township near Wilkes – Barre Wednesday afternoon. Now... the Luzerne County D-A and state police are trying to figure out if the shooting was justified. The incident happening in the parking lot of a shopping plaza on Carey Avenue in Hanover Township.

Not much is being said... but there is confirmation that a man was shot... and a police officer pulled the trigger. The man is expected to be okay.

 

Shenandoah Drug Bust

47 suspected drug dealers are off the street... following a raid yesterday in Shenandoah. Overall.. 92 warrants were issued by two district justices. The raid was conducted by federal, state, county and municipal officers. Following arraignment... many of the suspected drug dealers were transported to the Schuylkill County Jail.

 

Sex Charges

A Luzerne County woman will be tried after she was charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a 12 – year old boy. The ruling dealing with 41 – year old Sharon Bentler of Edwardsville took place yesterday during her preliminary hearing. The youngster testified he was sexually assaulted by Bentler over the past few years. No word when her trial will take place.

 

State Historic Commission

The PA Historical and Museum Commission is hosting a holiday marketplace offering Pennsylvania – Themed gifts. Homemade candles and candy, books, pottery, and even some vintage games. All things you will find at the 9th annual Holiday Market Place. Local shops will be in attendance offering their products, including Ephrata Cloister and Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum. The Market will take place November 20 to the 21st from 10am until 3pm in the atrium of the Commonwealth Keystone Building.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams opened PSAC Eastern Division play at Cheyney last night. In the women's game... Bloomsburg defeated Cheney 88 to 58.... while the men's team defeated Cheney 97 – 87. The men's team is now sporting a record of 3 and 0. Both Bloomsburg University basketball teams will be back in action Saturday afternoon against Shippensburg at the Nelson Field House.

 

Bucknell Basketball

In men's basketball Thursday night, Bucknell is at Villanova. The Bison's have a record of 1 and 1 and are coming off a loss at Michigan on Monday night.

 

NFL Thursday

In the NFL Monday night, the Kansas City Chiefs play the Raiders in Oakland.

 

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Monday, Dec 8

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Tuesday, Dec 9

Boys' Basketball

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BU Women's Basketball

 

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Sunday, Nov 30

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