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Thursday / September 18, 2014


 

Robertson's Cancel

The Bloomsburg Fair Association Board is scrambling... now that word was received Wednesday that Willie and Korie Robertson have bowed out their show scheduled for Sunday night at the grandstand. Fair President Paul Reichart says the board will have to make some hard decisions. The reason for the cancellation... Korie Robertson's daughter is taking part in the TV show “Dancing with the Stars” in Los Angeles... and she must be there. Reichart says with the opening of the 159th Fair set for Friday afternoon... the board will be working with vendor Variety Attractions in order to get some top flight entertainment for the Sunday night show. This is the second act to cancel. Last week ZZ Top pulled the plug on their September 25th show due to a member still recovering from injuries received when he fell on the tour bus. The slot will be filled by classic rock bank Lynyrd Skynyrd.

 

Fugitive Caught

The man wanted in connection with the July 2012 murder of Hemlock Township businessman Frank Spencer... has been captured in South America. 72 – year old Anthony Rocco Franklin was taken into custody in Buenos Aries earlier this week. He's wanted on a host of charges including criminal homicide... arson... as well as being a fugitive from justice. It's believed Franklin fled the country last fall. Now, plans are underway to bring Franklin back to this country. His daughter... Maria Sanutti – Spencer was arrested two months ago on similar charges... and she remains jailed.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

Ranked 15th in the nation in Division II, the Bloomsburg University football team travels to Erie to take on Mercyhurst College this Saturday. Huskies head coach Paul Darragh is concerned with Mercyhurst running back Brandon Brown-Dukes who has rushed for over one thousand yards in each of the past two seasons. Saturday's Bloomsburg at Mercyhurst game begins at noon. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the Husky Countdown Show at 11:30.

 

NFL

In the NFL Thursday night, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Falcons in Atlanta.

 

PHL Phillies

In baseball Wednesday night..., The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the San Diego Padres 5 to 2. The series in San Diego concludes Thursday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 8:35.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Wednesday night... The Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Boston Red Sox 9 to 1... The Miami Marlins just got by the New York Mets 4 to 3... and it was the New York Yankees over the Tampa Bay Rays 3 to 2.

 

 

Wednesday / September 17, 2014


 

 

Robertson's Cancel

The Bloomsburg Fair Association Board is scrambling... now that word was received Wednesday that Willie and Korie Robertson have bowed out their show scheduled for Sunday night at the grandstand. Fair President Paul Reichart says the board will have to make some hard decisions. The reason for the cancellation... Korie Robertson's daughter is taking part in the TV show “Dancing with the Stars” in Los Angeles... and she must be there. Reichart says with the opening of the 159th set for Friday afternoon... the board will be working with vendor Variety Attractions in order to get some top flight entertainment for the Sunday night show. This is the second act to cancel. Last week ZZ Top pulled the plug on their September 25th show due to a member still recovering from injuries received when he fell on the tour bus. The slot will be filled by classic rock bank Lynard Skynard.

 

Fairground Injury

An employee of Reithoffer Shows... the supplier of rides to the Bloomsburg Fair... is recovering at the Geisinger Medical Center from injuries sustained in a work – related accident Tuesday. 23 – year old Brae Landis was in a bucket inspecting the Skyride... when his loose clothing became entangled in a guide wheel. Ride operator Rick Reithoffer telling our media partner Newswatch 16 that the accident was not due to a malfunction of the ride, but rather Landis not paying attention. Landis received a severely lacerated neck. He was transported to Geisinger by ground. The ride is expected to open on time Friday afternoon.

 

Suspect Sought

Pennsylvania State Police have issued an arrest warrant for a 31 – year old Canadensis man... now accused of murdering one state trooper and critically wounded another. State Police say Matthew Eric Frien is believe the man who pulled the trigger of a .308 caliber rifle... which killed 38 – year old Corporal Bryon Dickson.... and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass last Friday night. The shooting took place during shift change at the Blooming Grove State Police Barracks in Pike County. Frein became the main suspect when a resident walking a dog two miles from the barracks spotted a vehicle in a pond. Evidence found inside include shell casings that matched the bullets recovered in the shooting... as well as a drivers license and social security card. At last word... Frein is not in custody... and is considered armed and dangerous.

 

Line of Credit

Pennsylvania is borrowing from the state treasury, taking advantage of a line of credit after the government's main bank account balance hit a ten year low. Now, there's disagreement over the whether the timing is a sign of a bigger problem. The state has used short term financing at least 17 times over the last 20 years according to Jay Pagni, spokesman for Governor Tom Corbett. He says it has nothing to do with the integrity or structure of the budget. But Treasurer Rob McCord and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale say its a big deal because of the timing. McCord says the use of the credit line is prudent but the early need for it is alarming.

 

Nuclear Plant

PPL's Steam Electric station in Salem Township... north of Berwick... has been removed from the list of six most – watched nuclear power plants. The big reason... the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says plant management has taken sufficient action to take care of the issues plaguing the Unit two reactor... as well as unplanned shutdowns. A report from the NRC on Monday indicated the additional scrutiny is no longer needed.

 

State Spending
State house and senate panels tackled property tax reform, spending limits and debt reduction Tuesday. It's called the Taxpayers Protection Act and it got through the state senate finance committee on a 7 to 4 vote. Senator Mike Folmer says it would limit, not reduce the growth of state spending, based on the lesser of three thresholds. It would require future excess funds to be divided between the rainy day fund and unfunded pension liabilities with the rest returned to taxpayers.

 

Berwick United Way

It's a big task... but a lot of non – profit agencies are depending on the Berwick Area United Way. They've recently launched a campaign to raise an estimated $450,000 by the end of the year. One agency dependent on United Way funding is the Berwick Salvation Army headed by Lt. Kevin Polito. In particular... the Salvation Army is dependent on United Way funding for their comprehensive emergency services program.... designed to help folks who are in need of food, shelter and heat.

 

Teachers & Weapons

Legislation which would allow teachers and other school personnel in Pennsylvania to carry guns at work is drawing a mixed reaction. At a Senate Education Committee hearing, Sen. Donald White, the prime sponsor, said the bill would give schools more options for protecting students, as well as aiding law enforcement especially in rural areas, where response times can be longer. But Sen. Anthony Williams said it's a bad idea to place this responsibility on those whose principal interest is educating children. He adds that even persons with the highest level of firearms training make mistakes, sometimes with tragic consequences.
 

Medical Marijuana
A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is awaiting a vote in the state Senate. Supporters say the active ingredient in marijuana can aid in the treatment of a number of conditions, as well as helping the body tolerate the effects of drugs for cancer or HIV. Those opposed say legalizing pot sends the wrong message about drug use and increases the potential for abuse. The bill's co-sponsor Sen. Daylin Leach, says he expects passage in the Senate, but adds he knows there are many opponents, including Gov. Tom Corbett.

 

Coaldale Mayor

The former mayor of Coaldale will spend the next nine months to three years in state prison. 75 – year old Richard Corkery was convicted in Carbon County court Tuesday after being found guilty earlier this year of watching child pornography on his work computer.

 

Wilkes – Barre Police Chief

The Wilkes – Barre Police Department has a new acting chief. Robert Hughes, Jr. was named to the job by Mayor Tom Leighton. He replaces Gerard Dessoye who retired following a 33 year career and is now the head of security at King's College. Now... the search is on for a replacement for Dessoye.

 

University of Pennsylvania

Bloomsburg University... didn't make the list.... but one PA University did. The men's magazine Playboy has released their ultra scientific list of the top party schools and the University of Pennsylvania takes the number one spot. This year is the first time Penn has even appeared on the list. Editors apparently consider many factors including, access to nightlife and musical events and creativity when planning social gatherings.

 

Tuesday / September 16, 2014


 

Ride Inspector Injured

An Oregon man... checking out the Skyride at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds with a state ride inspector... was injured Tuesday when his sweat shirt got caught in a wheel that guilds the cable. Our media partner.... Newswatch 16... says Brae Landis was in a bucket inspecting the ride when his loose clothing became entangled in the wheel.

Director of Security Bill Barrett says the man was cut on the back of his neck... and a shoulder injury. Landis was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for treatment.

 

Suspect Sought

Pennsylvania State Police have issued an arrest warrant for a 31 – year old Canadensis man... now accused of murdering one state trooper and critically wounded another. State Police say Matthew Eric Frien is believe the man who pulled the trigger of a .308 caliber rifle... which killed 38 – year old Corporal Bryon Dickson.... and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass last Friday night. The shooting took place during shift change at the Blooming Grove State Police Barracks. Frein became the main suspect when a resident walking a dog two miles from the barracks spotted a vehicle in a pond. Evidence found inside include shell casings that matched the bullets recovered in the shooting. At last word... Frein is not in custody... and is considered armed and dangerous.

 

Flooding / Autoneum

Three years ago we were digging out from the debris, muck and mud left behind by flooding produced by Tropical Storm Lee. Not only were we trying to clean our homes... the folks at Autoneum... one of Bloomsburg's largest employers was doing the same. Now, County Commissioner David Kovach says the start of a floodwall is on the horizon... and it's designed to prevent flooding of the plant in the future around the Autoneum complex. It took a while for Autoneum to recover... but they're working at capacity today... supplying carpet to auto manufacturers around the world.... and thus saving an estimated 700 jobs.

 

Overnight Calls

Bloomsburg firemen were called out twice overnight. The first time around midnight when an oven malfunctioned in an apartment in a building on West Main Street... close to Oyer Avenue. No damage reported. Then... shortly after 2:15 this morning... an alarm was activated at an apartment at 133 West Main when some smoke was spotted. The problem was taken care of... and the one truck responding wasn't needed... and the incident wrapped up in a matter of minutes.

 

PPL Unit 2

The Unit 2 reactor at PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plan in Salem Township... north of Berwick... is back on line. The unit was shutdown last week for inspection when data indicated vibrations after a few turbine blades potentially developed small cracks. With the unit shut down, workers performed an inspection and replaced one row of blades, although only a small number were found to have indications of cracking. Workers also performed additional maintenance activities that can be done only when the unit is not operating.

 

Multi - Modal Grants

The Department of Community and Economic Development has announced the first round of funding for local infrastructure improvement projects. A total of $40 – million will benefit 62 projects in 29 counties in Pennsylvania. The funds will be allocated early next year, with the work slated to get underway in the spring. Projects include improvements to ports, airports, local transit systems and streetscapes. Officials say public safety and the economic potential were two most important factors in deciding which projects to fund.

 

Education Tax Credits

The state house education committee heard from supporters of a bill to consolidate a pair of educational tax credit programs in an informational hearing in Harrisburg Tuesday. The two programs provide tax credits to businesses contributing to scholarship or educational improvement programs. One is geared specifically to students in low achieving schools. The bill would consolidate the Educational

Improvement and newer Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit programs , making changes to improve the chances of using all of the funds allocated.

 

Lecture Series

Bloomsburg University launches it's fall faculty lecture series Monday night on campus. First up... assistant professor of education Beth Rogowsky dealing with learning styles in education. Ms. Rowgowsky's talk entitled “Learning Styles Have Nothing to do with Learning” gets underway at 7 O'clock in the Kuster Auditorium of the Hartline Science Center.

 

Hazleton Robbery

Authorities are investigating a robbery which went down at a Hazleton area diner Monday night. Police say three people robbed the Beltway Diner on South Church Street. The incident happened around ten O'clock last night. The trio got away with some money. But, no one was hurt in last night's Hazleton – area stick up.

 

Execution Chemicals
The postponement of an execution which had been scheduled for next week may present an opportunity for death penalty opponents, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania's first execution in 15 years is on hold until the state procures the necessary lethal injection drugs. The ACLU, which is against capitol punishment, has filed suit seeking to force the state to disclose where it's getting those drugs. Attorneys for the commonwealth have argued releasing information about the source of drugs could cause pharmacies to stop supplying them, which would result in the delay of future executions.

State E-Mails
As a judge decides whether to allow the release of alleged inappropriate emails shared among staffers of the state Attorney General's office that turned up during a review of the Sandusky case, Governor Corbett says he still can't assume they exist. Governor Tom Corbett says he's been told there were emails recovered that were inappropriate, but until they are presented to him, it's unfair to comment on them. He did make one thing clear during Radio PA's Ask the Governor, he would have stopped it right away. He says from the rumors he's hearing, if he had seen them, there would have quote "been all kind of Hades to pay".

 

NEPA Gas Prices

If you plan on driving somewhere this week... you'll find average gas prices across Northeastern Pennsylvania... they're holding steady. The Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying an average of 3-39 a gallon across Northeastern Pennsylvania... off a Penney from a week ago... but down six cents a gallon from a month ago.

 

Hazleton Fire

Investigators still haven't told us what started a fire which extensively damaged a vacant home Sunday in Hazleton. Firefighters were called to the two story home on Alter Street Sunday afternoon when smoke and flames were seen coming from the building. No one was injured in that Hazleton fire.

 

 

Monday / September 15, 2014


 

Briar Creek Twp. Fatal

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused two SUV's to collide head – on Sunday morning on Shickshinny Valley road in Briar Creek Township... near the Luzerne County line. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition... 62 – year old William Kishbaugh of Berwick died in the fiery crash. Although positive ID will have to be made through dental records... Kishbaugh's relatives confirmed it was his SUV which was gutted by the resulting fire. The second driver... Jace Witchey of Shickshinny... suffered minor injuries.

 

Anti – Drug Meeting

It has been a big problem in Berwick.... Meth and Meth labs dotting the Borough. Now... the Berwick Anti – Drug Task Force is holding a meeting Monday night dealing with the problem. Berwick Police Officer Mike Monico says it's a big issue which started on the west coast and spread east... now embedding itself in small communities. Monday night's meeting dealing with Meth and Meth labs gets underway at 6 O'clock at the McBride Public Library in the 500 block of Market Street

 

Troopers Ambushed

Pennsylvania State Police continue to track down leads dealing with the search for the assailant who shoot two troopers at the Blooming Grove barracks at the start of the weekend. Corporal Bryon Dickson was shot and killed... while Trooper Alex Douglass was critically wounded. Douglass underwent surgery and is now talking to investigators. Meantime... a reward of $50,000 is being offered.

 

Bloomsburg Town Hall

Work will continue this week on the exterior of Bloomsburg Town Hall... as contracted crews power wash and paint the exterior of the 100 year old building... and repair the wood work which had begun to deteriorate. And to Town Administrator Bill Lowthert and Council... the renovation is well worth $100,000 invested. The exterior maintenance of the building is expected to be wrapped up before cold weather sets in.

 

Hazleton Fire

Investigators are expected to be back at the scene of a Hazleton house fire Monday. Firefighters were called to a vacant house on Alter Street Sunday afternoon when smoke and flames were seen coming from the building. No one was injured in that Hazleton fire.

 

PA Coal

There is disagreement over what impact new federal clean air regulations will have in Pennsylvania. Coal industry supporters estimate the new rules could cost 15 to 20-thousand jobs, while environmentalists predict great benefits to the state, in terms of cleaner air, water and land, improvements in public health, as well as new industries related to renewable energy. The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing that Pennsylvania reduce its carbon emissions by a total of 32 percent by the year 2030.
 

Sherman Hills

A shooting at the beleaguered Sherman Hills Apartment complex in Wilkes – Barre on Sunday. Cops aren't saying if they have a suspect... but they do say a man was shot in the neck on Parkview Circle around 5 O'clock Sunday afternoon. Police say the victim is not cooperating, but he was taken to a hospital for treatment.

 

STEM Competition
A statewide competition is underway for high school students in Pennsylvania to demonstrate their ability to apply STEM education to real world problems. The Jobs First Stem Competition is open to high school students across the state. Teams of five students will be selected from each of the interested schools to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math opportunities in their communities. They'll pick a problem, conduct research and develop a prototype device to address it. Students on the top three teams will be awarded scholarships.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Football

This past weekend's most exciting high school football game took place Friday night at Crispen Field in Berwick. The Bulldogs trailed Dallas 23-20 in overtime. But a last minute touchdown gave Berwick the win. The final Berwick 26, Dallas 23.

 

BU Football

There was also plenty of excitement Saturday at Bloomsburg University's Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium. Braden Drexler's 32 yard field goal in overtime gave the Huskies a 23-20 win over California. Bloomsburg's Shawn Mitchell's interception set up Drexler's game winner. Mitchell also recovered a fumble and was named the PSAC's Eastern Division Player of the Week. The Huskies travel to Erie this Saturday to play Mercyhurst College.

 

NFL 

In the NFL Sunday... the New York Giants lost to the Arizona Cardinals 25-14... and it was the Green Bay Packers over the New York Jets 31 – 24. Tonight the Philadelphia Eagles play the Colts in Indianapolis.

 

PHL Phillies

In baseball, the Phillies blew a 3 run lead in the 9th in a 5-4 loss to the Florida Marlins on Sunday. Monday night the Phils open a series in San Diego against the Padres. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 9:35.

 

 

What's Happening? Sunday, September 14, 2014


There's still time to get your tickets to the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's 2nd annual Women's Solo Performance Festival, running through today. The festival features original solo works by women artists presented on the Alvina Krause Theatre Stage. Tickets are $15.  For more information, check out the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The 21st annual Preservers of the Past antique machinery show is going on this weekend at Burger's farm in Drums - today starting at 8AM. There's tractors, engines, demonstrations, a flea market, food and more. Follow the signs off Route 93 South.

 

The annual Old Mill Village Fall Festival and Pumpkintown celebration is happening today from Noon-5PM in New Milford. There's games, vendors, toys and candy, crafters, and harvest activites for the whole family. Please, no pets or alcohol. For more information, go to OldMillVillage.org

 

The first annual Shickshinny Bike and Poker Run for Special Needs Children is going on this morning. Registration opens at 10AM at Banko's on Route 11 – kickstands go up at 11AM. After the run, enjoy a pig roast and fixins and live music by OZ from 3:30-9PM. Cost is $20 per rider, $15 per passenger. There will be 50/50 rawings until 4PM. All proceeds benefit Kids Dream Of A Lifetime.

 

The Berwick VFW Auxiliary are holding a cancer benefit spaghetti dinner this afternoon from Noon-6PM, to benefit Dennis Horsefield. There will be basket raffles, an auction, bake sale, and a perogie sale. Cost is $8 per person. The VFW post is at 1408 West Front Street in Berwick.

 

 

WHLM Sports

Game of Week

Shamokin at Southern Columbia, a matchup of two teams off to 2-0 starts, was our game of the week Friday night. Southern Columbia rolled over Shamokin with a final score of 52-14.

 

Berwick / Dallas

Berwick was at home against Dallas on Friday. Scoring was low through much of the game, but it escalated to at 20-20 tie that went into overtime. Berwick came out on top at the end, 26-23 against Dallas in OT.

 

Other HS Football

In other games Friday night Danville fell to Loyalsock 35-0; Bloomsburg lost to Towanda 56-12; Central Columbia beat Central Mountain 36-15; and Columbia Montour Vo Tech fought hard against Nativity, leading for much of a game that ended in a 36-28 Nativity final.

 

BU Football

The Huskies of BU opened home play at Redman Stadium this weekend with an East/West crossover game against California on Saturday. A 50-yard field goal by Cal sent the game into overtime, but BU Junior Brayden Drexler kicked a field goal to win the game, 24-21 in overtime. WHLM's Jim Doyle has the game's details in the Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

PHL Phillies

The Phillies continue their weekend series with the Marlins this afternoon. First pitch is at 1:35. The pregame starts at 1 PM.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Sept 15

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will hold a panel discussion and presentation on Monday, September 15 at the McBride Memorial Library in Berwick. The topic of the evening will be "The Deadly Trend of Methamphetamine: What Can We Do?" The program starts at 6PM. The library is on Market Street in Berwick.

 

Sept 16

The Master Gardeners of Columbia County wrap up their series of free gardening lectures at the McBride Memorial Library this Tuesday with a look at putting your garden to bed for the winter, presented by Charlotte Welliver and Dee Hranitz. The talk starts at 6PM at the library on Market Street in Berwick.

 

Sept 17 & 18, Oct 4

The Bloomsburg Salvation Army is taking applications for Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance for low-income families. From 9AM-1PM, Wednesday, September 17, families with names from A-K can sign up at First Presbyterian on Market Street; families with names from L-Z can sign up on Thursday the 18th. There will be open signups the evening of the 18th from 5-7:30PM, and at the Benton Community Center on Saturday, October 4 from 9Am-Noon. For details call 570-387-4112.

 

Sept 18

The Lonely Sock Club returns to the Bloomsburg Public Library this Thursday night with an evening of paper embroidery with Sandra Whitmire. The meeting starts at 6:30PM in the Fireplace Lounge of the library on Market Street.

 

Sept 19

New Covenant Christian Church in Berwick is holding a free movie night this Friday starting at 7PM featuring the Superbook series for children. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. The church is at 212 West 11th street, next to Crispin Field.

 

Sept 19-27

The 159th Bloomsburg Fair runs September 20-27 at the grounds just off Route 11 in Bloomsburg. Almost every fair food imaginable, hundreds of vendors, the midway, dozens of rides, agricultural exhibits, races, wolrd-class live entertainment and so much more. It all starts with the annual Vespers service at the Free Stage, Friday night Sept 19 at 7PM. For a full list of the week's events, check out BloomsburgFair.com

 

Sept 20, 21

The Annual Pennsylvania Heritage Festival is this Saturday and Sunday at gates 2 & 3 of the Troy Fairgrounds, starting at 10AM each day. Come celebrate "Our Heritage In Music" with string bands, great food, juried crafters, demonstrations and much more. For more information, check out PAheritageFestival.org

 

Sept 20

The 25th annual Hegins Valley Arts & Crafts Faire will be held this Saturday from 9AM-3PM at the park in Hegins - rain or shine. There will be over 200 craftsmen from PA and beyond displaying and demonstrating their work, as well as a variety of foods, starting with breakfast at 7AM. Parking is just $2. For more information call 570-682-9541.

 

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 Oct 2

Come to the Moose Exchange Antler Gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg for a regional college student printmaking exhibition, running through Thursday, October 2. The show features work from students of Lycoming College and Bloomsburg University.

 

Oct 4 - Nov 22

The Moose Exchange is putting out the call for your submission for Cover of a Comic, a community comic book art-inspired show, running October 6 through November 22. Come to the Antler gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg Saturday, October 4 from 11AM - 1PM to sumbit your entry. A reception will be held on Friday, October 10, from 6-8PM.

 

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.

 

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.

 

What's Happening? Saturday, September 13, 2014


 

The 123rd McClure Bean Soup Festival and Fair wraps up today. There's free live music, horse shows, dog and pig races, parades, games, rides, and bean soup from Noon till closing. Other concessions open at 4PM. The festival is on Route 522 between Selinsgrove and Lewistown.

 

There's still time to get your tickets to the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's 2nd annual Women's Solo Performance Festival, running through Sunday. The festival features original solo works by women artists presented on the Alvina Krause Theatre Stage. Tickets are $15 per show. And don't miss the first Women Artisans' Street Fair going on today, Center Street, just off Main Street in downtown Bloomsburg. For more information, check out the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The 21st annual Preservers of the Past antique machinery show is going on this weekend at Burger's farm in Drums - today, and Sunday starting at 8AM each day. There's tractors, engines, demonstrations, a flea market, food and more. Follow the signs off Route 93 South.

 

The Central Susquehanna Valley Heart Walk is happening today from Noon-3PM at Knoebels in Elysburg. Team up with family, friends or co-workers and take strides to fight heart disease and stroke. The Heart Walk is family and pet-friendly. The events feature a 1 mile or 3 mile fitness walk, entertainment, activities for kids and health information. For more information visit Heart.org/CSVwalk

 

Come experience Pennsylvania's Native American cultures today at the Children's Museum with their new exhibit, Traveling Their Paths - Pennsylvania Indians. From 11AM-3PM come see drumming and dancing, artefacts, taste some 3-sisters stew, and help build a wigwam on the museum grounds. Going on rain or shine at the museum on East 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Come out to Hetlerville United Methodist Church for a hot dog, barbecue, and corn roast, today from 4-7PM. The church is at 626 Hetlerville Road in Nescopeck.

 

Saint Luke's Lutheran Church on Lighstreet Road in Bloomsburg is hosting a Chili Cook-off this evening from 5-7PM to benefit the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard. Bring food items to donate and get tickets to vote for your favorite chili. To enter your chili, call Robert at 570-317-2111.

 

The annual Old Mill Village Fall Festival and Pumpkintown celebration is happening today and Sunday from Noon-5PM in New Milford. There's games, vendors, toys and candy, crafters, and harvest activites for the whole family. Please, no pets or alcohol. For more information, go to OldMillVillage.org

 

The first annual Shickshinny Bike and Poker Run for Special Needs Children is going on this Sunday. Registration opens at 10AM at Banko's on Route 11 – kickstands go up at 11AM. After the run, enjoy a pig roast and fixins and live music by OZ from 3:30-9PM. Cost is $20 per rider, $15 per passenger. There will be 50/50 rawings until 4PM. All proceeds benefit Kids Dream Of A Lifetime.

 

The Berwick VFW Auxiliary are holding a cancer benefit spaghetti dinner this Sunday from Noon-6PM, to benefit Dennis Horsefield. There will be basket raffles, an auction, bake sale, and a perogie sale. Cost is $8 per person. The VFW post is at 1408 West Front Street in Berwick.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Game of Week

Shamokin at Southern Columbia, a matchup of two teams off to 2-0 starts, was our game of the week Friday night. Southern Columbia rolled over Shamokin with a final score of 52-14.

 

Berwick / Dallas

Berwick was at home against Dallas on Friday. Scoring was low through much of the game, but it escalated to at 20-20 tie that went into overtime. Berwick came out on top at the end, 26-23 against Dallas in OT.

 

Other HS Football

In other games Friday night Danville fell to Loyalsock 35-0; Bloomsburg lost to Towanda 56-12; Central Columbia beat Central Mountain 36-15; and Columbia Montour Vo Tech fought hard against Nativity, leading for much of a game that ended in a 36-28 Nativity final.

 

BU Football

The Huskies of BU opened home play at Redman Stadium this weekend with an East/West crossover game against California on Saturday. A 50-yard field goal by Cal sent the game into overtime, but BU Junior Brayden Drexler kicked a field goal to win the game, 24-21 in overtime. WHLM's Jim Doyle has the game's details in the Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

PHL Phillies

The Phillies continue their weekend series with the Marlins this evening. First pitch is at 7:05. The pregame starts at 6:30.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Sept 15

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will hold a panel discussion and presentation on Monday, September 15 at the McBride Memorial Library in Berwick. The topic of the evening will be "The Deadly Trend of Methamphetamine: What Can We Do?" The program starts at 6PM. The library is on Market Street in Berwick.

 

Sept 16

The Master Gardeners of Columbia County wrap up their series of free gardening lectures at the McBride Memorial Library this Tuesday with a look at putting your garden to bed for the winter, presented by Charlotte Welliver and Dee Hranitz. The talk starts at 6PM at the library on Market Street in Berwick.

 

Sept 17 & 18, Oct 4

The Bloomsburg Salvation Army is taking applications for Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance for low-income families. From 9AM-1PM, Wednesday, September 17, families with names from A-K can sign up at First Presbyterian on Market Street; families with names from L-Z can sign up on Thursday the 18th. There will be open signups the evening of the 18th from 5-7:30PM, and at the Benton Community Center on Saturday, October 4 from 9Am-Noon. For details call 570-387-4112.

 

Sept 18

The Lonely Sock Club returns to the Bloomsburg Public Library this Thursday night with an evening of paper embroidery with Sandra Whitmire. The meeting starts at 6:30PM in the Fireplace Lounge of the library on Market Street.

 

Sept 19

New Covenant Christian Church in Berwick is holding a free movie night this Friday starting at 7PM featuring the Superbook series for children. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. The church is at 212 West 11th street, next to Crispin Field.

 

Sept 19-27

The 159th Bloomsburg Fair runs September 20-27 at the grounds just off Route 11 in Bloomsburg. Almost every fair food imaginable, hundreds of vendors, the midway, dozens of rides, agricultural exhibits, races, wolrd-class live entertainment and so much more. It all starts with the annual Vespers service at the Free Stage, Friday night Sept 19 at 7PM. For a full list of the week's events, check out BloomsburgFair.com

 

Sept 20, 21

The Annual Pennsylvania Heritage Festival is this Saturday and Sunday at gates 2 & 3 of the Troy Fairgrounds, starting at 10AM each day. Come celebrate "Our Heritage In Music" with string bands, great food, juried crafters, demonstrations and much more. For more information, check out PAheritageFestival.org

 

Sept 20

The 25th annual Hegins Valley Arts & Crafts Faire will be held this Saturday from 9AM-3PM at the park in Hegins - rain or shine. There will be over 200 craftsmen from PA and beyond displaying and demonstrating their work, as well as a variety of foods, starting with breakfast at 7AM. Parking is just $2. For more information call 570-682-9541.

 

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 Oct 2

Come to the Moose Exchange Antler Gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg for a regional college student printmaking exhibition, running through Thursday, October 2. The show features work from students of Lycoming College and Bloomsburg University.

 

Oct 4 - Nov 22

The Moose Exchange is putting out the call for your submission for Cover of a Comic, a community comic book art-inspired show, running October 6 through November 22. Come to the Antler gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg Saturday, October 4 from 11AM - 1PM to sumbit your entry. A reception will be held on Friday, October 10, from 6-8PM.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Friday / September 12, 2014


 

ZZ Top / Lynyrd Skynyrd

With ZZ Top canceling their show at the Bloomsburg on the 25th of the month... the Fair has secured the services of Lynyrd Skynyrd to preform that night. The Press – Enterprise if reporting in it's Friday edition... initially... the fair's entertainment agent tried to get Foreigner... but they weren't available... and the decision make to book Lynyrd Skynyrd. Tickets will remain at the same price as was the case for ZZ Top.

 

Hazleton Murder

One man is in custody following a deadly stabbing in Hazleton Thursday. Police say a car was pulled over on Broad Street late Thursday night... in it... a man from Newark, New Jersey now charged in connection with the stabbing death of 27 – year old Zachary Richards. He was stabbed in the back early Thursday morning in a house in the 600 block of Cleveland Street. Police are calling the stabbing pre – meditated... and not a random act of violence.

 

Bloomsburg Siren Test

There will be a test of the emergency siren and address system later this month in Bloomsburg. Police Chief Roger Van Loan says residents living in the area of the fairgrounds... the Bloomsburg High School and public works facility will hear the test as it takes place between 9 AM and 12 Noon on the 29th. The testing will include both a loud tone and an announcement advising the system is being tested.

 

Trouble for Corbett

The latest poll on the Pennsylvania governor's race shows the clock is ticking louder for the incumbent. Governor Tom Corbett trails Democratic challenger Tom Wolf by 24 points according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll. It also shows that at least half of the respondents believe Wolf would do better handling jobs, education, taxes and government spending. Poll assistant director Tim Malloy says the Governor is running out of time and at this point it's almost a prohibitive lead.

 

Health Complaints

A bill in the state Senate is designed to address health complaints related to the natural gas drilling boom in Pennsylvania. The bill would allocate $3 – million from the Marcellus Shale impact fee to the state Health Department, to create a health registry to evaluate the potential for problems associated with fracking. Recently, more than 400 doctors and health care professionals called for significant Health Department reforms, as a result of allegations that staff were instructed not to respond to residents who called with complaints that stemmed from drilling.
 

Red Cross App

The American Red Cross is attempting to reach a younger demographic. Now you can get an app for your Android or iPhone that is Red Cross specific. The agency's Colin Riccobon says it puts the power to save lives in the palm of your hand. Riccobon says you can pick up the free app by heading over to the Google store.

 

Water Infrastructure
Thirty of the largest U S water and wastewater utilities, including two from Pennsylvania, are making their case for more federal investment in the infrastructure. Ted Henifin is with the Hampton Roads Sanitation District in Virginia. He says America's water infrastructure is aging and investment has not kept pace. The two PA systems in trouble... according to Henifin... is the Philadelphia Water Department... and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.

 

Medical Marijuana
There could be some movement on medical marijuana in the state senate this fall but the measure still faces an uncertain future in the house. Senate Majority Leader, Senator Dominic Pileggi, says medical marijuana will be one of the issues considered when lawmakers return to Harrisburg. No word if the proposal will get any traction when the senate comes back into session later this month...

 

SUV / Nanticoke

Five teens are expected to recover after the SUV they were in... rolled over several times on the Nanticoke – West Nanticoke Bridge. The incident happened at midday on Thursday when the driver of the speeding Dodge SUV lost control. Police say the vehicle had bad tires... and that it was not registered.

 

Too Much Salt
America's kids are getting too much sodium in their diets and the CDC says much of it is NOT coming from the salt shaker. Children should be eating less than 23 hundred milligrams a day of sodium, but the CDC Vital Signs report finds that on average, school age kids take in about 33 - hundred milligrams. More than forty percent of it comes from ten foods- pizza, bread and rolls, lunch meats, snack foods, cheeseburgers and sandwiches, cheese, chicken patties and tenders, pasta dishes, Mexican mix dishes and soups.

 

Curb Store Robbed

A convenience store clerk was hospitalized overnight after he was pistol – whipped late Wednesday night. State police say it happened at Tresckow Super Food along South Walnut Street... in near – by Carbon County. Two men, according to police, entered the store with a gun and demanded money. The clerk was hit on the head... with the bandits getting away with cash. The victim was flown to a hospital for treatment.

 

Williamsport Airport

Changes are coming to the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville... now that officials have been assured they're in line for $1.5 – million through the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The money will be used to replace the terminal building... making it bigger... and thus expand services at the airport.

 

WHLM Sports

Game of Week

Shamokin at Southern Columbia, a matchup of two teams off to 2-0 starts, was our game of the week Friday night. Southern Columbia rolled over Shamokin with a final score of 52-14.

 

Berwick / Dallas

Berwick was at home against Dallas on Friday. Scoring was low through much of the game, but it escalated to at 20-20 tie that went into overtime. Berwick came out on top at the end, 26-23 against Dallas in OT.

 

Other HS Football

In other games Friday night Danville fell to Loyalsock 35-0; Bloomsburg lost to Towanda 56-12; Central Columbia beat Central Mountain 36-15; and Columbia Montour Vo Tech fought hard against Nativity, leading for much of a game that ended in a 36-28 Nativity final.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday afternoon... Bloomsburg University plays California in the Huskies home opener. The kickoff will be at 2 o'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the Sunbury Motors Tailgate Show at noon.

 

NFL Thursday

In the NFL Thursday night... the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 26 to 6.

 

PHL Phillies

In baseball... the Pittsburgh Pirates down the Philadelphia Phillies 4 to 1Thursday night. Friday night... the Phil's open a home series against the Miami Marlins. We'll join the broadcast in progress following our high school game of the week.

 

 

Thursday / September 11, 2014


 

 

Wapwallopen Explosion

A Wapwallopen man is dead... after he was burned in an explosion Wednesday afternoon. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting 80 – year old Edward Strzelecki was apparently working on his tractor in a steel building on his property on South River Street when there was an explosion. A paramedic who was passing by the scene discovered the man down. Strzelecki was flown to a Leigh Valley burn where he later died.

 

Our Town Bloomsburg

Bloomsburg has been selected to take part in WVIA-TV's “Our Town” series... which will be produced and aired later this year. There was a meeting Wednesday night at the Caldwell between the television's production staff and potential story tellers. Producer Lisa Mazzarella says it's a great community project... where the staff gets a lot of different stories from a lot of people. A second meeting involving a story board will be held next Wednesday at the Consistory... at that time folks will contribute what they've gathered... with on – camera interviews conducted in October. Our Town Bloomsburg is scheduled December 4th.

 

ZZ Top

One of the top shows booked for this year's Bloomsburg Fair won't happen. ZZ Top was to have appeared September 25th... but the Press – Enterprise is reporting that bass guitarist... Dusty Hill... continues to recovering from a tumble he took while on the groups tour buss last month... so the show is canceled. 4 to 5 – thousand tickets had been sold thus far. If you bought tickets by credit card... your money will automatically be credited to your account. If you purchased tickets with cash or check... simply mail the tickets back to receive a refund. No replacement act has been signed..

 

Berwick United Way

As is the case every September... the Berwick Area United Way has launched it's annual fund raising campaign... aimed at helping non – profit agency's who have set up shop in the greater Berwick area. The organization hoping to raise $450,000 by the end of the year... but the big hurdle is getting young people to donate. And the usual donation choices will be supplemented by Riverfest at Test Track Park on South Eaton Street.... as well as other fund raising venues.

 

BU Football

The excitement is building for Saturday's first home game for the Bloomsburg University Huskies at Danny Hale Field... as they take on California. Appearing on the Wednesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... BU's Sports Information Director Tom McGuire says there's a spiff for those who show up early. The first 3,000 people entering the stadium with get a coupon for a reduced ticket price for this year's Bloomsburg Fair. If you can't make it to the game... you can catch all the action as Bloomsburg and California square off starting with the Sunbury Motors Tailgate show at 12 Noon... on the WHLM Stations.

 

Predators

Legislation spearheaded by Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, seeks to target school employees who prey on children. Senator Toomey hopes for final passage soon. He's calling on his fellow Senators to pass the Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act. It mandates background checks for employees and contractors, and anyone else with unsupervised access to children. It also bans the practice of allowing a suspected predator to quietly resign and possibly relocate. If it becomes law, states which fail to comply risk the loss of federal education funding.
 

Reporting System

Pennsylvania is among 14 states joining a national reporting system on violent deaths. The CDC has awarded $7.5 - million in funding to expand the National Violent Death Reporting System from 18 to 32 states. The system looks at homicides, suicides, unintentional fire arms deaths, legal intervention deaths and undetermined deaths. The goal is to spot trends that will help in developing prevention programs.
 

Family Dollar Accident

Troubles near the Family Dollar store on West Main Street in Plymouth Wednesday. Authorities say a woman punched the gas instead of the brakes... plowing into a movie vending machine... and hitting a man coming out of the store. That man was taken to a Wyoming Valley hospital to be checked out.

 

Road Work

As we approach the fall... PennDOT says it will be busy with some road work. For example... in Montour County... a 3 – mile resurfacing project gets underway on Route 254 starting Monday. Work includes repairing deteriorated shoulders, base repairs and paving both lanes of the road from the Northumberland County line to Kiln Road. HRI, Incorporated is the prime contractor on the $1.2

- million project. The work is expected to be completed by November 17th.

 

Common Core

Governor Tom Corbett wants to completely eliminate Common Core education standards in Pennsylvania. According to his latest campaign press release, the governor called Common Core a failed scheme that allows the federal government to dictate curriculum, textbooks, and how subjects are taught. Corbett has been working to repeal the national standards, which were adopted by Governor Ed Rendell in 2010, and replace them with a state-specific version.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

Bloomsburg University and California University, two football teams that won their season openers last Saturday, meet in the Huskies home opener Saturday at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium. Last season California was among the nation's top defensive teams, and they are good again this season according to Huskies coach Paul Darragh. California at Bloomsburg kicks off Saturday at 2 o'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the Sunbury Motors Tailgate Show at noon.

 

HS Football

Weekend number three of the high school football season kicks off Friday night. Get a preview look Thursday afternoon on the Countdown to Kickoff Show which follows the 5 o'clock news.

 

NFL

In the NFL Thursday night, the Steelers play the Ravens in Baltimore.

 

PHL Phillies

In the third game of their home series against Pittsburgh Wednesday night... the Pirates topped the Philadelphia Phillies 6 to 3. The series concludes tonight with a 7:05 start. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pre - game show at 6:30.

 

Other Games

In other games Wednesday night... the New York Mets topped the Colorado Rockies 2 to 0... and the New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 8 to 5.

 

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