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  • Tuesday / March 31, 2015



    Fred Shepperly

    As a committee in Berwick tries to find a Stuart Tank... one of 15,000 built at the A-C-&-F plant during World War Two... one of the groups inspiration has slipped away. 93 – year old Fred Shepperly died over the weekend. Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach heads the “Bring Stuie Home” committee... telling us that Mr. Shepperly wrote the manual on the building and repair of the tough Stuart tank. Funeral services for Fred Shepperly are pending.


    Orangeville Fire

    It appears that logs too close to a wood burning stove was the cause of a fire at midday Monday outside of Orangeville. Greg Gass came home to find smoke pouring out of the structure at 62 Gass Road. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition that firefighters knocked down the flames in a matter of minutes. There was little fire damage, but two pets inside the structure died.


    Additional Charges

    More legal troubles for a Northumberland County man. Police say Victor Hare is now charged with involuntary manslaughter and drug delivery... following the death of a 9 – year old boy in his care last year. Investigators in Northumberland County say the youngster swallowed drugs that Hare had had lying around the house.


    Student Investment
    Pennsylvania's Acting Secretary of Education tried to convince lawmakers that they should focus on investment in students, rather than cost, during budget hearings. Acting Secretary Pedro Rivera said the increased dollars proposed for education will not only help students succeed now... but they will help those students stay off types of government assistance in the future. For example he told lawmakers that $100 - million dollars allotted to go toward special education students... will allow more of them to learn the life skills needed to get a job and live independently.


    Beer Home Delivery

    The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has issued a set of guidelines for the delivery of beer to private homes. WHLM's David Payne is reporting from Harrisburg that establishments delivering beer must hold both a retail license and a transporter-for hire license. Deliveries can take place any time, but the sale must be completed before 2 am. The person making the delivery and the recipient must be at least 21 years old, subject to verification. In addition, the purchase must be made via credit or debit card, before the delivery is completed. A single sale cannot exceed the equivalent of 2 six-packs.



    Tickets are still available for the annual Animal Resource Center wine tasting party at Boone's Dam. That word from Linda Bird... the President of the no – kill shelter... appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz. To get tickets... all you have to do is call the shelter during business hours.

    Ms. Bird adds that they have a number of dogs and cats... as well as puppies and kittens who the ARC is trying to pair up with forever homes.


    Federal Grant

    Low income Pennsylvanians with disabilities will benefit from a federal grant awarded to 2 state agencies. The grant of $8.5 - million-dollars from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarded to the state Department of Human Services and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. The goal is to locate permanent housing for the disabled. The initial phase of this program will take place in four areas of the state and will eventually expand. You can go to for details, including how to apply.


    Gas Prices

    The price of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded gasoline is holding steady. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows that we're paying an average of $2.50 a gallon in Columbia and Montour Countie's. A week ago the average price stood at $2.51.... while $2.50 a gallon was the average price a month ago.


    Schuylkill Assault

    State Police in Frackville are investigating the assault of a Schuylkill County man. Cops say 60 – year old James Burns of New Philadelphia was found on Middle Street early Sunday. If you have information dealing with the assault... call State Police at Frackville.

    Hazleton Investigation

    Investigators in Hazleton are probing a fire which happened last Wednesday... but we're just finding out about it. The small blaze started on a porch at an undisclosed location in the pre-dawn hours. Surveillance video shows a woman police are calling a “Person of Interest.”


    WHLM Sports

    BU Baseball

    The Bloomsburg University baseball team was swept by West Chester Monday in a doubleheader at Danny Litwhiler Field. The Huskies lost the opener 4-3 and were routed in the nightcap 22-3. Bloomsburg is back in action Tuesday afternoon with a doubleheader at Lock Haven.


    High School Baseball

    In high school baseball Monday... Danville downed Central Columbia 8 to 1... and Southern Columbia blanked Shamokin 11 to nothing.


    Bucknell Coach

    According to the Washington Post, Bucknell University men's basketball coach Dave Paulson will be the new head coach at George Mason. In 7 seasons at Bucknell, Paulson led the Bison to two NCAA tournament appearances and two N.I.T. Bids.


    NCAA Woman

    In the women's Division I elite 8 Monday night... Connecticut defeated Dayton 91 – 70... and it was Maryland over Tennessee 58 – 48. The women's final four, which also includes Notre Dame and South Carolina, will be played Sunday in Tampa.


  • What's Happening?


    March 30

    Sweet Valley Church of Christ is hosting free ladies' exercise classes Monday mornings at 9AM starting Monday March 30. Please dress appropriately and bring an exercise mat and water bottle. The church is on Main Road in Sweet Valley. For more information call 844-782-2266.


    March 30

    Come to Bloomsburg University's Carver Hall this Monday night for a free public screening of the acclaimed documentary film on hunger in America, A Place At The Table: One Nation Underfed. The film rolls at 7PM.


    April 2

    Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series continues with Take 6 - the most awarded vocal group in history - Thursday April 6 at 8PM at the Haas Center for the Arts. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children and BU students. For more information, find the Celebrity Artist Series under Our Partners at the top of the page.


    Through April 3

    Reliance Fire Company #1 in Berwick is holding their annual Lenten Fish Fry every Friday through April 3. Eat in or take out. Local delivery is available for businesses and factories with a minimum of 5 orders. The fire company is at 501 West 3rd Street in Berwick. Call to pre-order, 570-752-5621.


    Through April 3

    Come to the Moose Exchange Antler Gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg for their latest community exhibition - The Photographic Process - featuring works submitted by local amateur and professional photographers. The show runs through April 3.


    April 4

    Come to the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg this Saturday at Noon for a free performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream - part of BTE's theater in the classroom series. The perfromance is sponsored by the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.


    April 4

    Black Creek United Methodist Church will hold an Easter egg hunt Saturday April 4 from Noon - 3PM. Children of all ages are invited to join the hunt. The church is at 158 Golf Course Road in Sugarloaf.


    April 4 - May 16

    The Moose Exchange's Stairwell Gallery is looking for your submissions to "What Are You Watching?" the next community art exhibition - based around the theme of film and television. Submissions can be in any medium - physical or video - and should be submitted by April 4. A special screening for submitted experimental films and animations will be held Saturday April 11 from 11AM - 11PM with a reception at 6PM at the Antler gallery in downtown Bloomsburg.


    Through April 5

    Come to Artspace gallery in downtown Bloomsburg and check out their latest exhibition, Vista Gradients, by local fine art photographer Danielle deLeon. The showing runs through April 5.


    Through April 8

    Bloomsburg University's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program will be offering free assistance in filing your taxes through April 8 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Market Street in Bloomsburg. If you have low to moderate income or are 60 and older, stop by the church Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings from 4-8PM for help in filing your taxes. For more information call 570-389-5234.


    April 9

    Come to Market Square in downtown Bloomsburg Thursday April 9 at 2:45 PM for an observation of the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War. At 3:15 PM local churches will toll their bells for 4 minutes in remembrance of the 4 years of the war. The program at the Civil War monument will include demonstrations of fife and drum music, live fire, and drills by the 149th PA Bucktails reenactment group.


    April 9

    Columbia County Christian School in Buckhorn will hold a Kindergarten open House on Thursday April 9 from 6-7:30 PM. Come meet the teachers, tour the facilities, and learn about the curriculum. The school is at 123 School House Road in Buckhorn.


    April 10 & 11

    Wesley United Methodist Church's spring rummage sale is coming up Friday April 10 from 8AM - 4PM and Saturday April 11 from 8AM - 1PM at the church on Market Street in Bloomsburg. Items can be dropped off for donation any time leading up to the sale. For more information call 570-784-1407.


    April 11

    There's still time to get your ticket to BTE's Taming of the Brew, Saturday April 1, 7-11 PM at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Come sample craft brews from ascross the country and try some local home-brewed beers as well. For more information visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.


    April 11

    The 6th annual Believe In Hope 5K Run & Walk in memory of Carissa Barrett will be held Saturday, April 11 at the Bloomsburg Town Park. Registration opens at 8AM. The race starts at 10AM. Registration fee is $20 or $8 without a shirt. Proceeds benefit St Jude's Children's Hospital. For more information, call 570-764-5778.


    April 11 & 12

    The 4th annual Susquehanna River Arts open studio tour is happening Saturday and Sunday April 11 & 12. Several local artists' studios will be open 11AM - 5PM both days for you to browse their work, talk with the artists, and get a glimpse at the creative process. Collect all the participating artists' initials and be entered for a chance to win free art! For more information and details on participating artists visit


    April 12

    Greenwood Friends School is holding an open house on Sunday April 12 from 2-4 PM. The school serves students from Preschool through 8th grade. Greenwood Friends is on State Route 254 just outside of Millville. For more information, call the school at 57- 458-5532.


    April 17

    Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series wraps up the season with Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, Friday April 17 at 7:30PM in BU's Carver Hall. The acclaimed vocal band will present "American Spiritual," a selection of tunes drawing on 150 years of American music from Appalachian ballads to Rock & Roll.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for children and BU students. For more information, find the Celebrity Artist Series under Our Partners at the top of the page.


    April 18

    Bring your pup or pooch to Clark's Ag & Pet on Route 11 in Bloomsburg for a Doggie Biscuit Hunt, Saturday April 18 from 11AM - 2PM. A $5 donation gets your dog in the hunt - all dogs will receive a treat bag. All dogs must be on a leash. For more information call 570-275-7896.


    April 18

    The Danville Child Development Center's annual Celebrity Waiter dinner is coming up Saturday, April 18, at the historic Danville Borough Ballroom on Mill Street. Step back to the Roaring Twenties with flappers, casino games, and live music. Cost is $60 each or $100 per couple. Cocktails start at 5PM with dinner at 5:45. For more information, call 570-275-4047.


    April 18

    The Animal Resource Center will host Another Night of Wine And Music, Saturday April 18 at the Barn at Boone's Dam on Fort McClure Boulevard in Bloomsburg. Enjoy live jazz from Tony Kurdilla and the Lehigh Avenue Jazz Quartet, appetizers, and check out the silent auction. Doors open at 6PM, wine tasting by Shade Mountain Winery starts at 6:30. Get your tickets in advance for just a $35 donation. Proceeds benefit ARC. For more information, call 570-850-6986.


    April 19

    The Orangeville Fire Company will host a Pampered Chef Bingo on Sunday April 19 to benefit the Orangeville Public Library. Doors open at 12:30 - games start at 2 PM. For more information call 570-683-5354.


    Through April 22

    It's time to register for the 5th annual First Columbia Teen Star musical competition. Registration is open through April 22. The contest is open to all students attending high school in Columbia County. The final event will be held Sunday May 31 in Bloomsburg University's Mitrani Hall. Two top prizes of $1,500 each will be awarded to the first place vocalist and instrumentalist. Forms are available from your school music department, at any branch of First Columbia Bank, or at


    April 25

    The 37th annual Bloomsburg Renaissance Jamboree is coming up Saturday April 25 in downtown Bloomsburg - rain or shine. The open-air street fair includes tons of food, crafters, vendors, free live entertainment and more. The jamboree runs from 10AM - 5PM.


    April 25

    The 12 annual Village Sampler and Wine Tasting will be held Saturday April 25 at the Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center in Benton. Wine tasting starts at Noon - food samples start at 2:30 and runs til 5PM. The event is only open to those 21 and older. Pre-order your food tickets for just $10 or both food and wine for $20. For more information call 570-925-0163.


    May 2

    Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's Summer Camp Open House is coming up Saturday May 2 at the Mitrani Production Center in downtown Bloomsburg. Stop by from 1-3 PM and meet the actors and teachers, learn more about the theater camp's programs, and enter to win a free BTE summer camp package. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.


    June 19

    The annual Catawissa Teenage Battle of the Bands is coming up Friday June 19, as part of the summer concert series. First place prize is $300, 2nd place is $100. A majority of the members in each band must be teenagers to enter. For more information, call 570-356-2561.


    Thru Summer

    Toddler Time is back at the Bloomsburg Public Library, Monday mornings at 9:15AM. The weekly 20-minute program of stories, songs, puppets, and more is perfect for kids ages 18 months to three years and their parents or guardian. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.



    The Danville Community Band is looking for new members. Whether you've played for years or are just starting out, they invite you to join the band. No audition is needed. Rehearsals start at 7PM Thursdays in the Kirkbride building on the Danville State Hospital campus. For more information visit or call 570-275-3520.



    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



    Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM till 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.



    The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM – Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.



    The free Wheelchair Engineers program at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn will be open from Noon - 4 PM every Saturday at the Sears end of the mall. The handicapped-accessible model train layouts are open to everyone. See a classic American Flyer and the Dillon Floral limited-edition train with its puffing MTH steam engine and MTH controls. Everyone is welcome.


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