The start of Sunday afternoon's snow storm had first responders busy... thanks to icy streets. Bloomsburg Fire Police were called to Iron and Glen Avenue when the road became slippery, hanging up drivers who attempted to drive up the hill. Other problems were found on Second Street on the campus of Bloomsburg University. The slippery conditions also produced an accident on Fifth Street Hollow Road when a minivan went over the embankment. The roads remained problematic until public works crews got out... placing anti – skid and salt on the roadways. Meantime... PPL Electric Utilities employees are prepared for the overnight storm in order to respond to customers who may loose their juice. The utilities Terry McBride says PPL takes every storm seriously... to plan ahead in case the power goes out. The National Weather Service in State College has posted a Winter Weather Advisory for the region and is in effect until 10 O'clock Monday morning.
Berwick firemen made quick work of what could have been a disastrous blaze in the 1100 hundred block of 5th Avenue Sunday afternoon. Fire Chief Bill Coolbaugh says they alarm sounded around 12-45... with arriving firemen finding a problem with a wood burning stove. Chief Coolbaugh confirmed that a ceramic ring which goes from the stove to the chimney apparently cracked allowing flames to eat into the wall.... spreading the fire through a ceiling heading into the main part of the structure. Crews had the situation under control within minutes... and were on the scene for about an hour.
Nationl Weather Service Advisory
The National Weather Service at State College has posted a Winter Weather Advisory from 1 PM Sunday afternoon through 10 AM Monday.
BTE's TreeFest continues this weekend at the Caldwell Consistory, Main & Market streets in downtown Bloomsburg. Come and see the decorated trees, hear some music, check out some local artisans and help suppourt your local theatre troupe! Admission is $6 for adults. Children 12 and under get in free
Stop by the store front across from Santa's throne when you're shopping the Columbia Mall this weekend. Animal Resource Center is offering free gift wrapping in exchange for a donation to the no-kill animal shelter. They'll be open from 11 am - 6 pm on Sunday. For more information, check them out at NoKillARC.org
The Benton British Car Club is holding a meeting this Sunday at 3 pm at Strevig's Family Restaraunt on route 487 in Benton. Anyone who owns a British-made car is welcome to attend.
Don't forget to place your order for the 2013 Historic Bloomsburg Collector's Crock, featuring the Columbia County Courthouse. You can print out an order form from BloomsburgPL.org, or stop by the Library on Market Street. There are still some of the 2012 crocks left too! Crocks are $40 each - 100% of the proceeds from the Collectors Crocks goes to the Bloomsburg Public Library.
Christ's United Lutheran Church in Millmont is offering a free community holiday meal this Sunday from 4 - 6 pm. The menu will include at traditional Turkey dinner with all trhe trimmings. Santa Claus will make an appearance with gifts for the kids! The Church is on Old Turnpike Road.
Spend a Sunday afternoon at the Twin Bridges on Route 487 in Forks this weekend for Christmas on the Bridge. The Columbia County Covered Bridge Association is running free hayrides with Santa Claus from 1 - 3 pm Sunday. There will be refreshments for sale, soup, baked goods, and the limited-edition Rupert collector's crock.
The Kozy Kids winter wear donation drive is under way. Donations of hats, gloves and scarves will be distributed to children in our local commuinity this winter. Donation boxes can be found at AGAPE, New Covenant Christian Church, the Berwick United Way, the Hope Center, First Columbia Bank in the Buckhorn Wal-Mart, and at My Town in the Columbia Mall.
St. John's Lutheran Church in Mifflinville is giving you an opportunity to give the gift of charity this holiday season, as they host Mission Mall on Sunday Dec. 8th. Stop by the church from Noon til 3pm and consider donating to one of the non-profit groups who will be participating in the Mall.
MC Federal Credit Union in Bloomsburg is hosting a holiday candle fundraiser this season to benefit the re-building of Kidsburg in the Bloomsburg Town Park. The fundraiser will continue into the spring.
Emmanuel Dutch Hill Bible Church is presenting a Christmas Musical and a night of worship this Sunday at 6:30 pm. The performance is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken up to benefit AGAPE. The church is at 592 Dutch Hill Road in Bloomsburg.
The Moose Exchange in downtown Bloomsburg is looking for your suppourt this holiday season. The non-profit arts and cultural center is running a fund-raising drive for maintainace and improvements through the end of the year. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, check out their homepage at MooseExchange.org
BTE will present a series of school matinees of this year's holiday show, A Very Special Christmas Special, on December 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19. Matinees begin at 10:00 am. and the cost is $9 for all audience members. School representatives are encouraged to call soon for best seating availability. The show runs through the 28th. For more information on the show or the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, go to BTE.org
Applebee's on Route 11 in Bloomsburg is holding a community food drive through the 22nd. Bring perishable or non-perishable food items for donation to the food cupboard and get a $5 coupon towards your next visit.
Berwick HS Football
The last time a Berwick High School football team was in the state finals was 1997. Fridaynight, the Bulldogs faced an Archbishop Wood team that has been in the finals in each of the past two seasons, winning it all in 2011. Berwick gave it their all and never gave up, but fell short as Archbishop Wood won 42-14. Berwick ends the season with a 14-1 record.
The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at Shippensburg on Saturday. The Women had the score tied up, but fell behind and ultimately lost their match 92-83. The Men won their game 80-61. The Huskies next play on Tuesday the 17th when they will be on the road at Edinboro. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's Pregame at 5:10.