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Monday / December 22, 2014


 

Berwick Man Arrested

Troubles for a Berwick man. Berwick police tell us 57 – year old Rickie Sitler was arrested after someone found his cell phone allegedly containing pictures and video of a four year old girl. That person gave it to authorities. Police say in addition to child pornography charges... Sitler is accused of indecent assault. Sitler was arraigned over the weekend in front of District Justice Craig Long of Catawissa... and remanded to the Columbia County Prison.

 

Christmas Trees

The last weekend before Christmas... and folks were busy purchasing Christmas trees for their homes and apartments. Orangeville Christmas tree grower Tom Parr says be sure to keep water in the holder at the base of the tree. But, Parr says they can dry out and become a fire hazard. Experts say you should dispose of the tree immediately after the holiday season to prevent you tree catching on fire.

 

Millard / District

There will be some changes in the area's served by member of the state house. State Representative David Millard loses some territory in southern Columbia County... while picking up some territory in the Benton area. Before redistricting... Representative Karen Boback had Benton and Benton Township... but now serves a portion of Lackawanna County... as well as Luzerne and Wyoming Counties

 

Tom Wolf Tour
Gov-Elect Tom Wolf spent much of this week on the road, preparing his soon-to-be constituents for some tough time ahead. Stops for the Gov.-Elect this week included locations in neighboring Luzerne... Philadelphia and York Counties, all with the same message-difficult decisions lie ahead as the state budget faces a deficit expected to top $2 – billion for the fiscal year which begins July first 2015. Wolf has also been meeting with legislative leaders with the equally tough job of convincing a Republican-dominated House and Senate to agree with his economic priorities.

 

Polar Plunge

It's a fund raiser... but it's also a time to cleanse you soul. The Reliance Fire Company of Berwick is holding a plunge into the Susquehanna River on New Year's day at the Test Track boat dock. The company's Bridgette Coolbaugh says registration for the event begins at noon time on Thursday, January 1st with the plunge slated for 1 O'clock. The event is a fund raiser for Reliance who conducts river rescues year around... and needs equipment to make it all work.

 

Watsontown Fire

Investigators are expected to on the scene of a Sunday morning house fire near Watsontown in Northumberland County. The flames were spotted around 8-30 and extensively damaged the home. The family who lives there is temporarily living elsewhere.

 

Gaming Control Audit

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will be the focus of a performance audit. State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says the audit will begin in early 2015, following up on the last one completed four years ago. The goal is to see if recommendations made following that previous audit are being carried out. Other goals will include job creation targets, the amount of property tax relief generated by casino revenue, and the extent that casino gambling is benefiting the state's horse racing industry.

 

Sugarloaf Twp Crash

Six people were treated at Hazleton area hospital following a three vehicle crash Sunday in Sugarloaf Township... in Luzerne County. Police say two cars and a truck came together at the intersection of Tomhicken and Prospect Roads. No one suffered life – threatening injuries.

 

Nanticoke Meth Bust

A 31 – year old Nanticoke woman is jailed after she was arrested after police found meth inside her home. Cheryl Lee Kemper of Apollo Circle was taken into custody over the weekend. Kemper's 13 – year old son was in the apartment at the time of the bust. He had to be rushed to an area hospital for treatment after breathing in the meth fumes.

 

Fatal Crash

Autopsy's will be preformed Monday on the four teenagers who died over the weekend in a one car crash in Carbon County. The crash happened on Dairy Road... near Palmerton. Two other teens were taken to the hospital. Police say speed was a factor when the Chevrolet Cavalier collided head on with a second car... splitting the Chevrolet with the teens in half. Meantime... grief counselors will be at Palmerton high school Monday.

 

WHLM Sports

Boys HS Basketball

Monday night in local high school boys basketball Berwick pulled it out and defeated Bloomsburg 58-57 in overtime. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report. 

 

 

 

Girls HS Basketball

Among Monday night's girls' games, Bloomsburg will take a 6 game winning streak into their game at Millville, and Central Columbia is on the road to face an unbeaten Montoursville team.

 

NFL / Sunday

In the NFL Sunday... the Pittsburgh Steelers downed the Kansas City Chiefs 20 – 12... the New England Patriots just got by the New York Jets 17 – 16... and the New York Giants defeated the St. Louis Rams

37 – 27,

 

NFL / Monday

In the Monday night game, the Denver Broncos play the Bengals in Cincinnati

 

 

What's Happening? Sunday, December 21, 2014


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 tonight. 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.

 

Katy's Church will be holding an old-fashioned candlelight Christmas service this evening at 7PM, with Reverend Acor officiating.  Refreshments will be available after the service. The historical 1869 church is located at 440 Katy's Church Road in Madison Township near Jerseytown & Millville, next to the State Game Lands. Donations for homeless veterans are currently being gathered. For more information call 764-2412.

 

Bring a lawn chair to the Bloomsburg Town Park tonight for Manger In The Park, a live nativity presented by the Bloomsburg area Methodist churches. Meet the actors, see the live animals, and enjoy free cookies and hot chocolate. The pageant starts at 6 PM.

 

 

WHLM Sports

In their final games before the Christmas holiday break, the Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams played IUP Saturday afternoon at Nelson Field House. Both Huskies teams played hard against tough opponents. The Women lost 67-53. The Men took their game to overtime, but also lost 80-70. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

The BU basketball teams will be back at home after the new year, playing Seton Hill on Saturday, January 3rd.

 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Dec 24 & 25

Christmas Services

Shiloh Bible Church, Church Street, Almedia

* Christmas Eve candlelight services - 6PM, 8PM

* Christmas Eve communion service 11PM

 

Calvary Baptist Church, Ridge Road, Lightstreet

* Candlelight Christmas Eve service with carols - 7PM

 

Lightstreet United Methodist Church, Main Street, Lightstreet

* Contemporary Christmas Eve service - 4PM

* Traditional Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

Community Alliance Churches

* Bloomsburg Christmas Eve service - 5PM

* Danville Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

Wesley United Methodist Church, Market street, Bloomsburg

* Traditional candlelight Christmas Eve services - 2PM, 11PM

* Contemporary family Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

Good Shepherd Unted Methodist Church, 5th Street, Bloomsburg

* Candlelight Chrstmas Eve service - 7PM

 

St Columba Catholic Church, Iron Street, Bloomsburg

* Christmas Eve Vigil Mass - 5PM, 7:30PM, 10PM

* Christmas Day Mass - 9AM

 

St Luke Lutheran Church, Lightstreet Road, Bloomsburg

* Christmas Eve services - 5PM, 7PM, 9PM

 

St Matthew Lutheran Church, Market Street, Bloomsburg

* Christmas Eve family service - 6PM

* Christmas Eve candlelight service - 9PM

 

St Paul's Episcopal Church, Main Street, Bloomsburg

* Christmas Eve Mass - 9PM

* Christmas Day Mass - 10AM

 

Trinity Reformed UCC, 7th Street, Bloomsburg

* Christmas Eve Family service - 7PM

* Candlelight Christmas Eve service - 11PM

 

Bethany United Methodist Church, Summerhill Ave, Berwick

* Kid-friendsly Christmas Eve service - 5PM

* Traditional Candllight Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

St Paul's United Methodist Church, Orange Street, Berwick

* Christmas Eve candlelight service - 11PM

 

First Presbyterian Church, Market Street, Berwick

* Candlelight Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

First Reformed Church of Christ, 2nd & Vine Streets, Berwick

* Candlelight Christmas Eve service - 7:30PM

 

Saint Joseph Church, Monroe Street, Berwick

* Christmas Eve Masses - 4PM, 10PM

* Christmas Day Masses - 8AM, 10:30AM

 

Christ United Lutheran Church, Church Street, Catawissa

* Christmas Eve candlelight service - 9PM

* Christmas Day informal service - 10:30AM

 

First Baptish Church, Brookside Drive, Danville

* Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

Trinity United Methodist Church, Lombard Ave, Danville

* Christmas Eve family service - 7PM

* Christmas Eve candlelight communion - 9PM

 

Trinity Lutheran Church, Market Street, Danville

* Christmas Eve family service - 5PM (Musical Prelude 4:15PM)

* Christmas Eve traditional service - 7:30PM

 

St John Lutheran Church, Old Berwick Road, Espy

* Christmas Eve candlelight services - 7PM, 11PM

 

 

Thru Dec 28

Experience the magic of Christmas with Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's presentation of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, running through December 28 at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. The show is fun for the whole family filled with adventure, mystery, and a mouse named Amos. For show times and ticket information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru Dec 30

Come to the Moose Exchange Antler Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg and check out the Cash and Carry Community Art Exhibition. 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. 

 

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 classic 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, December 20, 2014


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 tonight and Sunday night. 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.

 

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. The expo will be open from 10 AM – 3 PM.

 

Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg will be holding a Welsh cookie sale today starting at 9AM. Welsh cookies are $6 a dozen - other cookies will be on sale for $7 a pound. The church is at the corner of Market and 3rd Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

Community of Christ Church on Market Street in Bloomsburg will hold a community Christmas Dinner and night of caroling this evening from 5 - 7 PM. Everyone is invited.

 

The Columbia Valley Moose Lodge will be holding another 21 & over singles dance tonight from 8-11 PM, featuring DJ Eddie. Doors open at 7 PM. Entry fee is $8 at the door. There will be snacks, and drinks. The Moose Lodge is located behind Sheetz on Route 11 between Berwick and Bloomsburg. For more information, call 570-441-3534.

 

Katy's Church will be holding an old-fashioned candlelight Christmas service on Sunday at 7PM, with Reverend Acor officiating.  Refreshments will be available after the service. The historical 1869 church is located at 440 Katy's Church Road in Madison Township near Jerseytown & Millville, next to the State Game Lands. Donations for homeless veterans are currently being gathered. For more information call 764-2412.

 

Bring a lawn chair to the Bloomsburg Town Park on Sunday night for Manger In The Park, a live nativity presented by the Bloomsburg area Methodist churches. Meet the actors, see the live animals, and enjoy free cookies and hot chocolate. The pageant starts at 6 PM.

 

 

WHLM Sports

In their final games before the Christmas holiday break, the Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams played IUP Saturday afternoon at Nelson Field House. Both Huskies teams played hard against tough opponents. The Women lost 67-53. The Men took their game to overtime, but also lost 80-70. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

The BU basketball teams will be back at home after the new year, playing Seton Hill on Saturday, January 3rd.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Dec 24 & 25

Christmas Services

Shiloh Bible Church, Church Street, Almedia

* Christmas Eve candlelight services - 6PM, 8PM

* Christmas Eve communion service 11PM

 

Calvary Baptist Church, Ridge Road, Lightstreet

* Candlelight Christmas Eve service with carols - 7PM

 

Lightstreet United Methodist Church, Main Street, Lightstreet

* Contemporary Christmas Eve service - 4PM

* Traditional Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

Community Alliance Churches

* Bloomsburg Christmas Eve service - 5PM

* Danville Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

Wesley United Methodist Church, Market street, Bloomsburg

* Traditional candlelight Christmas Eve services - 2PM, 11PM

* Contemporary family Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

Good Shepherd Unted Methodist Church, 5th Street, Bloomsburg

* Candlelight Chrstmas Eve service - 7PM

 

St Columba Catholic Church, Iron Street, Bloomsburg

* Christmas Eve Vigil Mass - 5PM, 7:30PM, 10PM

* Christmas Day Mass - 9AM

 

St Luke Lutheran Church, Lightstreet Road, Bloomsburg

* Christmas Eve services - 5PM, 7PM, 9PM

 

St Matthew Lutheran Church, Market Street, Bloomsburg

* Christmas Eve family service - 6PM

* Christmas Eve candlelight service - 9PM

 

St Paul's Episcopal Church, Main Street, Bloomsburg

* Christmas Eve Mass - 9PM

* Christmas Day Mass - 10AM

 

Trinity Reformed UCC, 7th Street, Bloomsburg

* Christmas Eve Family service - 7PM

* Candlelight Christmas Eve service - 11PM

 

Bethany United Methodist Church, Summerhill Ave, Berwick

* Kid-friendsly Christmas Eve service - 5PM

* Traditional Candllight Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

St Paul's United Methodist Church, Orange Street, Berwick

* Christmas Eve candlelight service - 11PM

 

First Presbyterian Church, Market Street, Berwick

* Candlelight Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

First Reformed Church of Christ, 2nd & Vine Streets, Berwick

* Candlelight Christmas Eve service - 7:30PM

 

Saint Joseph Church, Monroe Street, Berwick

* Christmas Eve Masses - 4PM, 10PM

* Christmas Day Masses - 8AM, 10:30AM

 

Christ United Lutheran Church, Church Street, Catawissa

* Christmas Eve candlelight service - 9PM

* Christmas Day informal service - 10:30AM

 

First Baptish Church, Brookside Drive, Danville

* Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

Trinity United Methodist Church, Lombard Ave, Danville

* Christmas Eve family service - 7PM

* Christmas Eve candlelight communion - 9PM

 

Trinity Lutheran Church, Market Street, Danville

* Christmas Eve family service - 5PM (Musical Prelude 4:15PM)

* Christmas Eve traditional service - 7:30PM

 

St John Lutheran Church, Old Berwick Road, Espy

* Christmas Eve candlelight services - 7PM, 11PM

 

 

Thru Dec 28

Experience the magic of Christmas with Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's presentation of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, running through December 28 at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. The show is fun for the whole family filled with adventure, mystery, and a mouse named Amos. For show times and ticket information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru Dec 30

Come to the Moose Exchange Antler Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg and check out the Cash and Carry Community Art Exhibition. 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. 

 

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 classic American Flyer and the Dillon Floral limited-edition train with its puffing MTH steam engine and MTH controls. Everyone is welcome.

 

Friday / December 19, 2014


 

Millard / Anti – Discrimination

Bloomsburg Town Council's decision not to take action on an anti – discrimination ordinance still is the topic around the water cooler. Instead... council decided to send the issue to the state legislature... but in the past... House Bill 300 failed to gain traction. State representative David Millard says the anti – discrimination legislation was introduced by Brian Sims of Philadelphia... a Bloomsburg University graduate. Two months ago... Sims applauded the house judiciary committee vote sending an hate crime bill to the full house. No action was taken there. Sims said it was the first step in restoring protections for LGBT people.

 

Washingtonville Robbery

State Police from Milton still looking for an armed bandit who got cash from a Washingtonville store Thursday afternoon. Police say the man strolled into Burkholder's Farm Market at Routes 54 and 254... grabbed some cash from the register and ran off. The bandit was last seen westbound on Route 254.

 

Wolf / Budget

Some Dire Warnings from the man about to become Pennsylvania's Governor. Governor-Elect Tom Wolf has been in Philadelphia and northeast PA this week, sounding the alarm about the upcoming budget process. Wolf has until early March to finish his first budget proposal, which he will then try to push through a Republican-controlled legislature. Estimates are that there will be a $2 billion budget gap to fill when lawmakers and the governor get down to business crafting a spending plan for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

 

DBI

Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated... the folks trying to lure business to Main Street in Bloomsburg... is at a cross roads. That... as it was announced that current manager Adrienne Mael will become the CEO / President of the United Way of Columbia County early next year. DBI Board President Oren Helbok says the organization must decide if they promote special events... or do they promote economic development. Ms. Mael has been DBI manager for the past two years... and a search for her replacement won't begin until the board figures out what direction they want to take.

 

Underage Drinking
Reducing underage drinking in college town is the goal of a pilot program conducted by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. PLCB officials recently met with law enforcement and other officials in and around Alvernia College, Kutztown and West Chester Universities, as well as Indiana University of Pennsylvania, to get a sense of the issues they're facing. Additional meetings will take place over the next three months, with a strategic plan for each community, along with a final plan of action, to be completed by May of next year.

 

New York State Fracking
A decision on fracking in New York State signals good news for Pennsylvania. New York state had put a moratorium on fracking while the state decided if it should join the Marcellus Shale boom. After 6 years, officials there have decided to ban fracking altogether. Industry groups say that's great news for Pennsylvania jobs and production. Environmental groups meanwhile applaud the New York action, saying it reaffirms their concerns about the impact hydraulic fracturing has on the environment and overall health. New York officials, in making the decision, did say more research is needed...

 

Hazleton Crime

Hazleton police are investigating a case of shots fired Thursday afternoon. The initial report shows the incident took place at East Third and Carson Streets. Police say several shots were fired from an unknown vehicle. No word if anyone was hit.

 

Assisted Living Facility

Authorities in Jenkins Township... near Pittston in Luzerne County... say a Thursday morning fire at an assisted care facility was the work of an arsonist. Police taking a tenant in his 60's into custody for a mental health evaluation. The fire forced the evacuation of dozens of guests. Authorities believe he started a fire early Thursday morning in a day room at the River View Personal Care Center... rousing several dozen people from a sound sleep.

 

Shooting Suspect

Wilkes-Barre police have a man in custody... they say.... allegedly shot a woman near a flood control dike a week ago. 25 – year old Michael Foschini of Nanticoke faces assault and reckless endangerment charges. The victim was shot just above the eye after she argued with Foschini about money. The unidentified woman remains in the hospital.

 

PennDOT Holiday Schedule

PennDOT says all drivers license and photo centers across the state will be closed for the Christmas holiday next Thursday. A spokesperson tells us customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,

 

 

WHLM Sports

Justin Shirk

Chalk up another post season honor for Bloomsburg University's senior linebacker Justin Shirk who has been named a Daktronics second team All American. The Daktronics All American team was voted on by the NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams will face challenging games when they take on IUP Saturday afternoon at the Nelson Field House. The men face an IUP team that has a 9 and 2 record, and the women will put a 7 game winning streak on the line against an unbeaten IUP team. That doubleheader starts with the women's game at 1 o'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:40.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Thursday night, Central Columbia was at home against Hughesville. WHLM's Jim Doyle says the Blue Jays defeated Hughesville 82 – 64. In another boys basketball game Thursday night.. Bloomsburg defeating Muncy 63 – 41.

 

Men's College BB

In men's college basketball Thursday night...Second ranked Duke downed Connecticut 66 – 56.

 

NFL / Thursday

In the NFL Thursday night... the Jacksonville Jaguars out-scored the Tennessee Titans 21 – 13.

 

 

Thursday / December 18, 2014


 

Calls for Healing

The work to solve discrimination issues in Bloomsburg is not over. That... from town councilman Eric Bower. Early Wednesday morning... he distributed an e-mail entitled “A Town Divided Must Heal.” It comes after town council this week couldn't get enough support for an anti – discrimination ordinance... defeating it 4 to 3. Bower says there is still a lot of work to do. And following Monday night's vote... Dwayne Heisler... leading the fight against discrimination of gays.. echoed the same thought... that the work leading to an ordinance is far from over.

 

United Way

The United Way of Columbia County will soon have a new president. Adrienne Mael will replace John Thomas who plans to retire early next year. Ms. Mael is currently the manager of Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated... and will transition into her new position in mid – March. Thomas has been with the United Way of Columbia County the past thirty years... tirelessly raising money each fall for the organization's 14 member agencies.

 

Gas Drilling Impact

How does natural gas drilling impact the quality of life in the areas where it's taking place? A new report attempts to provide some answers. The Shale Tipping Point report is a joint effort of the Keystone Research Center and the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. It examines the impact of natural gas drilling on crime, truck fatalities, sexually-transmitted diseases and rents. Among the key findings.. a 17-point-7 percent increase in violent crime and 27-point-8 percent rise in traffic fatalities involving trucks in the six counties with the highest drilling rates since activity began in 2005.

 

Corbett Stays Silent
Governor Tom Corbett is staying mostly silent on the latest controversy hounding one of his successors in the Attorney General's office. State Attorney General Kathleen Kane's decision to drop an undercover sting that allegedly caught Democratic lawmakers taking bribes last year prompted Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams to issue some harsh words, questioning Kane's judgment and perhaps even her integrity. Williams picked up the case and announced charges against 2 lawmakers. Meanwhile, former Attorney General, now-Governor Tom Corbett isn't saying much about the probe he launched while occupying the AG's office, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have an opinion.. but he's not sharing it with anyone.

 

Cheney University
A performance audit of Cheyney University suggests the Chester County school faces a bleak future without some major changes. Among the findings from Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, a deficit expected to exceed 17-million-dollars, 1.5-million-dollars in bad debt, a 28 percent decrease in enrollment between 2008 and 2013, and a 4 year graduation rate of 9 percent. Cheyney was founded in 1837 as the Institute for Colored Youth, and is regarded as this nation's first historically black university.

 

Holiday Scams

December is a time for scammers to come out of the woodwork.... and they have their own idea how to make their holiday season happy. Mary Bach with AARP of Pennsylvania says that December is the biggest month for charitable giving... but beware of scammers who have come up with their own false organization... or hanging on the coat tails of one with a national reputation. Ms. Bach says Americans spend an estimated $615 – billion on all kids of gifts...and a substantial portion... up to $50 – billion... will be lost to a variety of scam artists.

 

Y Event

The Bloomsburg YMCA is preparing for it's annual Rock 'n New Year's Eve 5K run through the streets of the Town. The event gets underway December 31st at 7 O'clock... so says the “Y's” Chris Fuller. Already an estimated 100 have registered for the event. Ms. Fuller says you can pre – register for the event either at “the Y” or on – line.. and there will be plenty of awards handed out that night.

 

Farm Show Kickoff

It's your chance to enjoy a "taste of Pennsylvania." The PA Preferred Reception will kick off the 99th edition of the Pennsylvania Farm Show. The PA Preferred Reception will take place Friday January 9th from 5:30 to 8PM at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. A variety of PA Preferred agricultural products will be featured at the event, including meats, fruits, cheese, vegetables, desserts and beverages. Tickets are 35-dollars. You can get tickets by going to the Farm Show web site.

 

Downtown Hazleton

The City of Hazleton says it's looking for input from residents as to what to do to revitalize the downtown area. Right now... there are a lot of empty storefronts on West Broad Street, but the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress hopes that changes soon. The Alliance has a web site... and they want folks to stop there and provide input as to what they'd like to see downtown.

 

Rail Crossing

Officials from the City of Hazleton and PennDOT spent some time around a railroad crossing at Church and Chestnut Street. That... after after a picture went viral of a school bus caught under a railroad crossing gate... as a Norfolk – Southern freight train was only feet away. Folks who live in the area say the intersection is dangerous. Since the incident... school buses have been taking other routes to get to their destination.

 

Lottery Winners

A $450,000 Cash 5 jackpot for the Monday drawing was shared by two winning tickets... one of which was sold in Luzerne County. The tickets correctly matched all five balls drawn to win individual prizes of $225,000 – thousand. The winning Luzerne County ticket was sold at Fuel On on Butler Drive in Drums... near Hazleton. No one has come forward yet to claim the prize.

 

Class Action Suit

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld a $151 - million judgment against Wal-Mart and Sam's Club in a class-action lawsuit alleging that employees were forced to work while on break, off the clock, or through designated meal times. The decision affects a class of 187,000 associates at Wal - mart or Sam's Club from March 1998 to December 2005. Wal - Mart is deciding if they'll appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at Pitt-Johnstown Wednesday night. WHLM's Jim Doyle tells us the men were defeated by a high – flying Pitt – Johnstown 103 – 79.

In the women's game... Bloomsburg defeated Pitt – Johnstown 82 – 73. The Husky basketball teams will be back in action Saturday afternoon when they take on IUP stating with the women's game at 1 0'clock.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Wednesday night... Benton downed Muncy 41 – 33 in overtime... Bloomsburg just got by Montgomery 43 – 41... Danville defeated Central Mountain 47 – 29... and it was Millville over Milton 52 – 43.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Thursday night, Central Columbia beat Hughesville 82-64. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report.

 

 

 

NFL

In the NFL Thursday night... the Tennessee Titans Take on the Jaguars in Jacksonville.

 

Wednesday / December 17, 2014


 

Normalizing Relations with Cuba

In a move to wipe away one of the Cold War's last vestiges, President Obama will launch negotiations with Cuba on resuming full diplomatic relations a half century after they broke off. Word came during a midday presidential address to the nation. Mr. Obama's decision comes after Cuba freed U.S. aid contractor Alan Gross and a U.S. intelligence asset while the United States released three convicted Cuban spies. U.S. Officials did not set a timetable for when embassies might open in Washington and Havana. The president also announce changes to U.S. economic sanctions imposed on Cuba at the height of the Cold War following Fidel Castro's revolution, and ordered a review of Cuba's place on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.

 

Intersection Work
Motorists who travel through the Borough of Danville Wednesday need to be cautious when passing through the intersection of Route 11 and 54. PennDOT says the intersection will get a traffic light equipment upgrade. The work is scheduled to begin after the morning drive commuter rush. The upgrade will take anywhere from six to eight hours to complete.

 

Scott Twp Budget

The Scott Township Supervisors meet Wednesday night... and one item on their agenda is the approval of a $1.5 – million budget for 2015. Township secretary Eric Stahley says there were no surprises when preparing the proposed spending plan. But, like any community along the banks of the Susquehanna River... the township is still recovering from from Lee flood of 2011. Wednesday night's supervisors meeting begins at 6:30 at the Township building in Espy.

 

XGR Reduction

Legislation to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania legislature will be re-introduced in the upcoming session. The proposed Constitutional amendment would reduce the number of state Senate seats from 50 to 40, while the House would shrink to 121 seats from its current 203. Sen. Judy Schwank of Berks County will sponsor the bill, just as she did in the last session. Scwank says it had 14 co-sponsors from both parties, but never made it past the committee level.

 

Christmas Pets

The Christmas gift giving season takes place in a little more than a week... and in some cases dogs or cats may become a member of the family. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz .... Linda Bird of the Animal Resource Center in Bloomsburg says animals are not throw – aways and need forever homes. If you want to see what the Animal Resource Center has to offer... just go to their website www.arcnokill.org.

 

Horses

The Luzerne County SPCA.. Butler Township Police and the Luzerne County District Attorney are investigating the deaths of two horses at a self – boarding facility near Drums. Authorities say two horses have died at the Deep Hole Road facility... but they don't know if it was due to malnourishment... or simply old age. A third horse is being treated for malnourishment.

 

American Health Rankings

There are some mixed findings for the commonwealth in a new report from the United Health Foundation. The 2014 edition of America's Health Rankings puts PA in the middle of the pack at the 28th healthiest state. On the downside, obesity has risen from 12-point-5 to 30 percent of Pennsylvania adults since 1990, and PA ranks 48th for air quality. But the percentage of smokers has dropped from over 29 percent to 21 percent, and more than 75 percent of adolescents statewide have the recommended immunizations, the third highest rate in the US.

 

Luzerne County Budget

If you live in Luzerne County... you'll may be paying more in property taxes in 2015. The County Council this week shooting down a proposed 4 percent property tax increase and eliminating a home exemption on taxes for the next three years. But... despite their action the move will result in an increase in a property owner's tax bill.

 

Poll

A new survey out shows nearly two-thirds of Pennsylvanians expect to see a boost in education funding, but they also believe sales and income taxes will rise because of the election of Democrat Tom Wolf as governor. Only 42 percent believe that the business climate is improving, according to the survey by Robert Morris University Polling Institute, while a majority think a gas extraction tax is on the way. Many of the poll results were influenced by November's general election between Wolf and Republican incumbent Tom Corbett.

 

Transition Team

An estimated 250 Pennsylvanian's are advising Gov.-elect Tom Wolf during the transition leading to his inauguration next month. The team includes Wilkes-Barre Fire Chief Jay Delaney and former state Rep. Ed Staback of Archbald who are on the fish and game team. Former U.S. Rep. Chris Carney of the 10th Congressional District is on the military and veterans affairs transition group. Scranton attorneys Patrick Casey and Pat Brier are members of the insurance team. The members are to advise Wolf about what issues at the agency level await his attention after the January 20th inaugural.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Huskies Men's & Women's teams were on the road for the second consecutive evening, as they played Pitt-Johnstown Wednesday night. The Women took their game to an 82-73 overtime victory. The Men struggled against UPJ, losing 103-79. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

The BU teams will play one more time before the New Year. IUP comes to the Nelson Field House on Saturday afternoon. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame show at 12:40.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Tuesday night... Bloomsburg defeated Central Columbia 69 – 48... Benton downed Northwest 60 – 43... It was South Williamsport over Millville 64 – 51... and Danville defeated East Juniata 60 – 32.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball Tuesday night... Berwick getting by Meyers 49 to 40.

Tuesday / December 16, 2014


 

Anti – Discrimination

The Bloomsburg Town Council has decided to NOT to come up with an ordinance dealing with the discrimination of gays. Council voting 4 to 3 not to take up any anti – discrimination policy... asking the state and federal government to settle the issue. Bloomsburg Councilperson Sylvia Costa says the push for an anti – discrimination ordinance surfaced over one incident last August... says the town opens it's arms to any lifestyle. The lack of a proposed local ordinance is a big let down for gay rights activist Dwayne Heisler... show has been in the forefront of the issue. An estimated 300 people gathered at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall for Monday night's special council meeting with 41 speakers... most in favor of a proposed anti – discrimination ordinance at the local level.

 

Post Office

Monday was a busy day at the Bloomsburg post office. Folks putting letters and Christmas cards in the slot or through a pull down door in the lobby. Traditionally... the Monday ten days before Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year. And it was busy at the parcel windows... as well as as package delivery services. At the window... people with packages getting them weighed to see how much it will cost to send across town... across the state or country. Also... packages and cards going to our troops overseas who are stationed in war zones.

 

Dog Licenses

As the new year approaches, it's time to get a new license for your dog. State law requires all dogs three months and older to be licensed by January 1st of each year. The annual license is 8-dollars and 50-cents, or just 6-50 if the dog is spayed or neutered. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog. There's more information on the world wide web at licenseyourdogPA.com.

 

Farm Show Preps

It will be here before you know it... the Pennsylvania Farm Show is less than four weeks away, and preparations have already begun. The Pennsylvania Farm Show is an eight-day extravaganza starting January 10th at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. With six thousand animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits you can imagine the amount of work it takes to prepare for such a huge event. Workers are currently marking spaces for exhibits and setting up animal pens and stalls...

 

State Contracts

A crisis to be faced by the Wolf Administration is coming to a contract agreements with an estimated 73,000 state workers. The contracts of several unions are due to run out in July... around the same time a new budget is in place. State Representative David Millard of South Centre Township says negotiators must look at the overall dollars contained in any proposed budget. The pre-recession negotiations of 2007 set most pay raises at 10 %. Four years later, raises were trimmed to four percent.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

The price of self – serve, unleaded regular gasoline continues to plummet across Northeastern Pennsylvania. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report that we're paying an average of $2.73 a gallon in Columbia and Montour Counties.... down 12 cents from a week ago... and off 27 – cents from last month at this time. The big reason is a glut of crude oil sell roughly $55.00 a barrel.

 

PA Amtrak Ridership

2014 was a good year for Amtrak's 2 major train lines in Pennsylvania. For the fiscal year ending September 30th, there were 1.3-million trips on the Keystone Service, an increase of 3.1-percent over the previous fiscal year. The Keystone operates between Harrisburg and Philadelphia, and continues on to New York. Meanwhile the Pennsylvanian, which provides service between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, saw a 5.9-percent increase in fiscal 2014.
 

State Parks

Winter is off to an early start in Penns Woods and in response, the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is promoting winter activities at state parks and forests. If you enjoy skiing, snowmobiling or ATV riding, even hunting... state parks and forests welcome you with these winter activities and more. You can get updates on conditions and more information about winter events online at www.dcnr.state.pa.us. Overnight stays are available at some parks as well.. for more information call 1-888-PA-PAR

 

Man Robbed

State Police in Hazleton... are just now telling us about a guest that was robbed at the Penn Terrace Motel in Hazle Township. The incident took place December 2nd when 43 – year old Jeffrey Pecha of Nesquehoning was robbed of his cash and jewelry by three young men. If you have information about the robbery... give state police in Hazleton a call.

 

Groceries Gone

There is an on – going investigation by Wilkes-Barre police into the theft of a cart of groceries over the weekend. Authorities say the 21 – year old victim was walking on Coal Street when a man approached him... with a hand gun... demanding his groceries. The man gave up his purchase... and the suspect fled. Police could not find the shopping cart... or the man.

 

WHLM Sports

Girls BB

In girls high school basketball last night, Berwick was at home against Lake Lehman.

WHLM's Jim Doyle reports that the Bulldogs downed Lehman 44 – 33.

 

Other Games

In other girls games Monday night... Bloomsburg defeated St. John Neuman 65 – 46... and Millville downed Montgomery 42 – 21.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams were back in action Tuesday after a long break for exams. The Huskies were on the road at Clarion. The Women won their game 65-48. The Men lost 86-76. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

The Huskies continue their road trip at Pitt-Johnstown Wednesday night. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame after the 5PM news.

 

NFL / Monday

In the NFL Monday night... the New Orleans Saints over the Chicago Bears 31-15.

Monday / December 15, 2014


 

Anti Discrimination Ordinance

The Bloomsburg Town Council has decided not to take up an anti – discrimination ordinance... an issue that has been on the front burner for several months.

Their decision came during a special meeting of the Council Monday night.

The vote... three councilpersons for some type of ordinance... but four against.

For gay – rights activist Dwayne Heisler... it means that there is more work to do.

Councilperson Sylvia Costa voted against the ordinance proposal. Instead of adopting any sort of anti discrimination ordinance... council adopted an ordinance asking the state and federal government to come up with a law covering sexual orientation and gender identity.

 

PPL Steam Electric Plant

Operators at PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Salem Township disconnected Unit 1 from the regional electric grid over the weekend because of a small water leak inside the containment structure. The massive concrete containment structure, which surrounds the reactor, is not accessible when the unit is running. Although the water leak is well within the plant's limits for continued safe operation, operators began shutting the unit down as a conservative measure to complete repairs and enhance the unit's reliability for the upcoming winter, when cold weather drives higher electricity use.

 

Kathleen Kane

Embattled State Attorney General Kathleen Kane says she'll run for re-election for her seat and reputation. Kane... a Democrat from Lackawanna County... acknowledged the distractions of a grand jury probe into media leaks by her office. She made her remarks during the annual Pennsylvania Society meeting over the weekend in New York City.

 

Keeping Kids Warm

An estimated 130 Berwick Area kids received coats, boots, gloves and hats during a shopping spree over the weekend thanks to a program known as “Keeping Kids Warm.” The group was escorted by 100 volunteer chaperones and members of the Reliance Fire Company to the K- Mart on West Front Street.

Organizer Alvin Hill says money for “Keeping Kids Warm” is raised through donations channeled through the Berwick Area United Way.

 

Fishing Licenses

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat commission has announced a drop in the price of a fishing license for 2015. Through the end of December the price of a one year license is a dollar off, bringing it to 20 dollars for Pennsylvania residents and 50 for non residents. The price of 3 and 5 year licenses are also discounted for the month. Commission officials say they're seeking to increase the number of anglers in Pennsylvania, which has dropped by as much as ten percent since the 1990s.

 

Corrupt State
A study out this year ranked Pennsylvania among the most corrupt states in the nation. The study was conducted by the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, utilizing data from the the US Justice Department, as well as interviews with journalists in each state. They examined such things as cash or gifts for political favors, as well as what politicians promised in exchange for campaign endorsements. Other states which made the list include New Jersey, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Arizona, and New Mexico.

 

Murder Rate

It appears that the homicide rate in Luzerne County is lowering it yearly murder average over the past ten years... and could finish will half of what the rate was in 2013. Stats released by Luzerne County show that nine people have been murdered this year... compared to 20 a year ago. Luzerne County’s 2013 homicide rate nearly hit a record, but fell one short of the 21 killings that took place in 1982 when George Banks killed 13 people.

 

Seeking Medical Provider
The state Corrections Department is seeking bids for a medical provider. The current contract expires September first of next year, so Corrections officials, with the help of the Department of General Services, has put out a request for proposals. They're seeking medical personnel to serve the populations at all 26 state prisons and 2 community corrections centers. All proposals must be submitted by January 22nd of next year.

 

Contract Talks
Among the issues facing the incoming Wolf Administration is the expiration of contracts for most state employees. Most of those contracts are set to expire in July. Potential pay raises and higher health care costs will likely add to the budget deficit, already estimated at 2-billion-dollars. In past years salary hikes were as high as ten percent, but in 2011 when the current contract went into effect, the Corbett Administration held those raises to four percent.

 

Car / Pedestrian

Wilkes – Barre Police are investigating a car – pedestrian accident. It happened over the weekend at Wilkes – Barre Boulevard and Conyngham Avenue. Police say Charlotte Tattersall was crossing Wilkes – Barre Boulevard when she was struck by a car. She's in Geisinger Wyoming Valley hospital being treated.

 

Wilkes - Barre Shooting

Police in Wilkes – Barre continue their search for a man wanted in connection with the shooting of a 19 year old woman at the start of the weekend. The victim telling police the incident happened on Willow Street when she asked the man for the money she was owed. He pulled a weapon and shot the woman just above the right eye. She is being treated at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital.

 

Delinquency Rates
The delinquency rate for home mortgages and credit cards is on the decline. According to credit rating agency TransUnion, the national mortgage loan delinquency rate is expected to fall to just over 3.1 percent before the end of the year, and 2 1/2 percent by the end of 2015. Pennsylvania has the nation's 33rd-lowest mortgage delinquency rate. Credit card delinquency is about 1.4 percent in Pennsylvania, slightly lower than the national rate.

 

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