BU Welcomes Students’ Parents and Families

BLOOMSBURG— Families of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania students will get to sample campus life during this year’s annual Parents’ and Family Weekend Friday to Sunday, Oct. 28 to 30. The weekend’s events will include athletic events, professional entertainment and recreational opportunities.

BU President David Soltz will welcome family members during an open forum Saturday, Oct. 29, at 1 p.m. in the Kehr Union Fireside Lounge. Other weekend events include:

-A show by comedy magician, Adam Trent, Friday, Oct. 28, at 9 p.m. in the Kehr Union Ballroom. The event is free for BU students and family members

-BU’s Quest’s open high ropes and climbing wall event on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

-A football matchup between BU’s Huskies and C.W. Post Saturday Oct. 29, at 2:30 p.m. in the Redman Stadium.  At halftime the Huskies Marching Band will perform and the winning essay in the Parents of the Day contest will be read. Tickets, at $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens will be available at the gate.  Admission is free for BU student and children under 5.

– A Celebrity Artist Series performance by comedian Josh Blue. The winner of 2006’s “Last Comic Standing” will perform Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. For this show, BU students, parents and family members receive a BU student ticket price of $15 per person. Contact the Box Office at (570) 389-4409 for tickets or information.

The weekend’s events will begin informally Friday, Oct. 28, when family members may sit in on their students’ classes, with permission from instructors.  On Saturday, Oct. 29, a buffet dinner will be served in Scranton Commons from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Activities on Sunday, Oct. 30, will include a Protestant worship service and  Catholic mass, both at 11 a.m. in Kehr Union.

For a complete Parents’ and Family Weekend schedule, see www.bloomu.edu/family/ParentsWeekend.pdf.

Article Courtesy of Bloomsburg University

Where to: Celebrate Halloween

Hear ye, Hear ye!  Ghosts and ghouls, witches and goblins, the Halloween Season is now upon us!

Whether you’re looking for a fright, a cozy hayride, or a parade, we’ve got your Halloween plans right here:


October 25th, 6pm

from 2nd Street to length of Market Street, Berwick
(570) 204-7771

How often do you get to a chance to celebrate the 225th birthday of anything? Throw in a Halloween parade and you have a one-of-a-kind opportunity!


October 26th, 6:30pm

Columbia Mall
225 Columbia Mall Boulevard, Bloomsburg

(570) 387-4909

Children 12 & under in costume receive a “trick or treat” bag at the gazebo inside the main entrance so they can parade through the mall, collecting treats from the stores.


October 27th, 6pm

Downtown Danville
(570) 275-4863

The Danville Halloween Parade Committee hosts this treat-filled parade for the “ghosties and goblins.”


October 28th & October 29th, 10am – 9pm
Prices vary per event

Rohrbach’s Farm Market, Gift Shop and Bakery
240 Southern Drive (Rt 487), Catawissa

(570) 356-7654

The hay rides are free at this annual festival while the other events children’s playland, apple slingshot, corn maze range in price from free to $5 per person (depending on event and age of participant). Pick your own pumpkin all day, Rohrbach’s food stand featuring their apple dumplings as well. Flashlight corn mazes from 7pm – 9pm.


October 28th, 6pm – 8pm

The Children’s Museum
2 West 7th Street, Bloomsburg

(570) 389-9206

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum hosts this costumed scavenger hunt for the holiday. Follow clues around the museum in order to find your treats!


October 28th, 6pm – 10pm and October 29th, 2pm-10pm
Free admission/Pay-as-you-ride

Knoebel’s Amusement Resort
391 Knoebels Boulevard, Elysburg
(800) 487-4386

Catch the final weekend of the area’s premiere amusement resort’s transformation in to a Halloween-lover’s paradise.  Ride the “Scare Coaster” and explore the Haunted Mansion, or just get lost in the Straw Maze.


October 28th, 7pm – 8pm

Moose Exchange
203 West Main Street, Bloomsburg

(570) 317-2596

Dress your kids (up to age 12) in their finest Halloween apparel and head down to Main Street! Look for the orange pumpkin signs in front of participating businesses to trick or treat. Collect 5 stickers in your treat bag and proceed directly to the Moose Exchange, where the YMCA will be sponsoring food and crafts starting at 7pm and the costume contest begins at 7:30pm.


October 28th, 7pm – 8:30pm

PPL Montour Preserve
700 Preserve Road, Danville

(570) 437-3131

Naturalists Jon D. Beam and Amanda Jenkins host this “walk in the dark” which meets at the reserve’s Environmental Education Center. Learn the origin of Halloween, explore bats, spiders, black cats, owls and other hair-raising creatures and more!

If the weather does not permit, the program will still go on – but stay indoors.


October 29th, 7:30pm

Downtown Catawissa
(570) 784-6378

Catawissa closes down Main Street at 6pm in preparation for their 104th annual Halloween parade full of bands, floats, and costumed fun!


October 31st, 6pm – 9pm

The Town of Bloomsburg

Break out the costumes and look for lit porches on All Hallow’s Eve to participate in the time-honored tradition of tricking and being treated.



Now through October 29th, Fridays & Saturdays, 6pm
Adults $12, Children 12 & under $9, free parking

Bowman Field
1700 West 4th Street, Williamsport

(570) 326-3389

The minor league baseball season is over and the Williamsport Crosscutters’ Bowman Field is now home to a large haunted house attraction which features a “Field of Screams,” “Maze of Despair,” “Black Widow’s Vault,” and much more for the brave and thrill-seeking.


Now through October 30th, Fridays, 1pm-8pm / Saturdays & Sundays, Noon-6pm
Adults $2, Children 16 & under ride free

Kohl’s Stony Hill Tree Farm
3021 Mexico Road, Milton

(570) 437-3193

The Christmas Shoppe is open and the fields are ready for tagging your tree while you’re on the farm, enjoying a half-hour long hay ride through scenic fall foliage and across the covered bridge ($2 per person, children under 16 ride free).


Now through November 5th, Saturdays & Sundays, 11am – 6pm
Adults $4.50, Children $8

Whitenight Farm Market
1500 Sunbury Road, Danville
(570) 275-4690

It’ll be “Pumpkins galore” at the Whitenight farm all month long. Outdoor play area with a giant slide, hayrides, llamas, sheep and goats galore make this excursion fun for the whole family, not just the pumpkin lovers.


–Jen Ralston, The Bloomsburg Daily
Photo courtesy of Melanie Ramph Strileckis

Flood Open Forum Live Blog

8:00 Mayor: Getting Federal dollars is more difficult due to lack of earmarks. Money is awarded to best project on cost basis, rather than influence over political leaders.

7:58 Resident: With future flood plans, is it possible to coordinate flood planning efforts with towns upriver? Mayor responds that he would like to see a regional plan, but also feels that he needs to fight specifically for his town against other communities in getting flood protection.

7:55 Resident concerned that Emergency Services, waking people at 2AM to evacuate, only told people to “get out” with no information on specifically where to go.

7:53 Mayor Knorr responds to resident concerns about islands and debris blocking Fishing Creek. Town does not have authority over waterways.

7:50 Resident asks if there are set places for people to go for those who are evacuated. Mayor responds that it’s difficult to get that information out since people usually only pay attention to that information in the immediate hours before an emergency

7:49 Resident wonders about evacuation. Wondolosky responds that the town does not have the authority to remove people who refuse to leave.

7:47 BU Psychology professor’s daughter learned of Flood and its severity through facebook and wonders about social media for future emergencies

7:44 Resident: What’s the town’s plan for the next emergency. Mayor spoke of replacing town hall’s emergency generator. Resident: wonders why Bloomsburg University could not be utilized.

7:43 Joe Wondoloski, Emergency Services, responds with needing to educate people on being prepared for emergencies, and improving the information infrastructure.

7:41 Eileen Chapman, AGAPE, worried about “last mile” of information for people not reading newspaper or without electricity for online access.

7:40 Mayor Knorr is also happy with the response of the Bloomsburg Daily and its citizen news response.

7:39 Press Enterprise took criticism and Bloomsburg Daily started in response. Mayor Knorr happy with PE response and that it was free for several days

7:37 Port Noble Drive Resident. Came home on the 9th from Canada. had 5 feet of water in house. Disaster response was good, but we need disaster prevention response. Radio and Newspaper need to have permanent information available for emergencies. Applause.

7:34 Kathy Zimmerman, Wonderview. Port-a-Potties were taken out almost immediately when water came on, but there were still hundreds of volunteers in town

7:32 Mr. Hopper, 10th St., WHLM employee. Also commends town emergency services for their speed in getting information to WHLM so the information could get out over the air.

7:30 Resident commend Town Council on early response, AGAPE as well, the University Students that came to help. Round of applause

7:28 River Road Resident, Lived in flood area since 1972. How does the Town get away with filling in low lying lands, especially around the airport.

7:26 Mayor thinks long term solution lies in flood protection.

7:25 Resident restates that he loves it here. Mayor states that finding funds for buyout is on the agenda for November meeting.

7:24 “You got a whole block there, take us off the tax rolls.”

7:23 “We’re willing to walk away form our home with a mortgage. We’re not willing to rebuild. You don’t want to wreck your credit or walk away from the home you love, but you can do what you want, we’re done.”

7:21 Resident states that FEMA has money and the Town Council needs to do their homework and that they should be going after FEMA funding instead of waiting for the Federal government to come to them

7:20 Resient worried about ground saturation during rains, that the river isn’t deep enough without dredging, and wondering what good the raising houses will do. “Should we just walk away from our houses if we live near the water?”

7:18 Bauman If we want protection, the dike is the way to go. All this money should be saved and put to something useful

7:17 There isn’t a dike that can’t be over topped. You have to write the elected officials to get the dike that the town needs

7:14 Bauman “The dikes will be the way they (the corps of engineers) wants it, not the way you want it” The only part of bloom that qualifies for the cost ratio is the lower end of bloomsburg.

7:13 Former Mayor Dan Bauman discusses details of dredging. Dredging is not the answer.

7:12 Country Club Drive resident wants zoning changed so that not so much pavement moves water to other residents.

7:11 Ralph McGill responds that zoning is handicapped with lack of officers.

7:09 Want to know where help will come from in the future in trying to deal with zoning and bureaucracy, how the process can be expedited.

7:08 West 11th St. Resident. “Help was very good at the very beginning. It was wonderful. I do think now something needs to be done with the zoning”

7:06 Mr. Laubaugh worries that homes may not be raised nearly enough even if they are in compliance with code. Mayor Knorr says to discuss this with Code Enforcement and that he should be called if it feels like residents are dealing with too much red tape.

7:05 Mayor Knorr – Council hasn’t discussed issue yet, Town knows it gets money from residents, but hasn’t discussed reducing red tape to ease getting of permits.

7:04 Mr. Laubaugh wonders about his demolition permit that he needs to buy, doesn’t mind paying, but wants to know if permits will be waived so he can get started rebuilding. Agrees with dredging.

7:03 Curt Laubaugh, 10th St. Resident. Just bought trailer in June, on 1/4 acre. It’s been condemed. Want’s know the red tape the town will put him through before he can rebuild like he wants to. Lifetime bloom resident.

7:02 Port Noble Drive Resident. Can’t imagine living anywhere else, applauding efforts of town

7:01 East Main Resident. Thanking Emergency services for rescuing her.

7:00 Isabel Tarr speaking of worry of people on the East end of town. “Why do we still allow people to build in this area?”

6: 59 Mr. Hamilton wants a lobbyist in Washington for the whole area in support of dredging the Susquehanna and Fishing creek

6:58 Mayor tries to move meeting along. Townspeople grumble and want Mr. Hamilton to continue.

6:57 “If we don’t do this, 20, 30, 40, 50 years we’ll have this agian.”

6:57 “We could have hired a lobbyist in Washington for all the money we spent in town in the last 3 years.”

6:55 “I don’t care who our senator or congressman is, we need a lobbyist. We were able to pay for Streeter’s, the tennis courts”

6:54 1936 Flood Survivor: “The lifting system is far fetched.” “I’ve gone through this for years and it’s getting ridiculous. I believe in dredgine the Susquehanna and Fishing creek”

6:53 Another resident “Who cares about a (airport) runway? “Why buiild that up to flood somebody else?”

6:51 Resident in back (they aren’t stating names) wondering where the money would be raised to jack up homes. Also wants to ensure that all homes are sufficiently raised, even above what FEMA may say is the flood plain. “100 year Flood plain doesn’t mean anything”

6:50 Unidentified resident disagrees with Kreisher on the utility of raising houses.

6:48 Kreisher discussing technicalities of how a house is to be raised above flood plain

6:47 Bill Kreisher, Town council, talking of lifting and raising homes above the flood level with jacks

6:45 Town can apply for Federal funding with Town 25% match to buyout properties. Has to make sure that Town can afford buy out. Doesn’t know if the Federal government will provide monies

6:44 Mayor is doesn’t know if there will always be federal funding for a floodwall

6:43 Anger from residents that all the town is doing at this meeting is reviewing damgage instead of addressing their concerns.

6:42 “Is all we’re going to do is clean the fairgrounds when people are suffering?”

6:40 Resident wonders what the point about reviewing all of this? Will we just be here doing the same thing again next year?

6:37 St. Luke’s Church offering help for people who may not have received any.

6:35 Police Chief answering that phone numbers have been set up and publicized the assistance. Larking still worried about people who may be forgotten

6:35 Richard Larkin BU Psychology professor asking about mental health of resisdents after flood

6:34 mayor opening up conversation

6:32 Showing pictures of all town services and all public works buildings underwater.

6:30 Capital Outlay for Town of Bloomsburg. Close to $500,000 on emergency services as of 9/28. Expect more to come in.

6:29 AGAPE, Red Cross, and BU students commended again, along with Bloom Fire Department.

6:28 Code Enforcement’s job began after the flood water receded, worked to ensure safety of all town residents, to keep them safe after flood.

6:27 Some minor thefts reported, no real problems with looting. Police were aware of a possible issue early and worked to avoid theft of items on sidewalks.

6:26 Mayor Knorr thanking private organizations like AGAPE for disaster relief and recovery.

6:25 No deaths, No serious injuries. “We can rebuild things, but you can’t bring back a life” — Mayor Knorr

6:24 Senator Casey called Mayor Knorr to offer assistance. Commendation of town employees who assisted in emergency management in spite of their own homes being flooded and destroyed.

6:23 PA Department of Environment sprayed for bugs on 19th. Also PA Dept. of Agriculture performed inspections.

6:22 About 30% of town evacuated. BU cancelled classes to help clear town of excess people. 20,000 people effected by loss of municipal water

6:20 Helped maintain emergency zones, Over 20 rescues performed by boat and helicopter

6:20 Sunday able to reach ammonia tank and deal with problem. Again since leak was under water, it prevented gas from escaping into atmosphere

6:19 Saturday felt like low point, Ammonia leak, shelter needed to be moved, government set up in among several buildings, making communication difficult.

6:17 Ammonia leak at Windsor foods caused evacuation. Not sure of how much leaked at time so evacuated large area to be safe. Smaller leak than feared. Leak was eventually covered by water which prevented ammonia from going into air but slowed repair.

6:15 WHLM was commended for their constant broadcast and getting information out

6:14 Susquehanna crested on the 9th. Emergency siren system used on the 8th and 9th. Officers drove through the various zoned emergency areas to assist with evacuation.

6:13 Public works and fuel pumps surrounded by water. worked out deal with Weis to get fuel and other equipment. Got police from other townships, Bloom University, Bucknell. Worked in concert with National Guard

6:12 Moved emergency management to DUI center on 8th st.

6:11 Joe Wondoloski commended for managing emergency services

6:10 Emergency Siren was activated at 2:30Pm, worked in some areas, did not work in other areas

6:10 Town Council met in emergency session on the 7th and issued Declaration of Disaster Emergency. REd Cross shelter opened, and preparations made on Wednesday. Still not a lot of time. Local industries informed

6:08 Three storms contributed to event, with Tropical Storm Lee being the “knockout punch” Wednesday the 7th was the first time knew that there would be trouble

6:08 Mayor will first recount what the town’s response was and then will solicit feedback

6:07 Want to know what we did right, wrong and what can be done better. Wants to revisit 1972 as well as 2006. Can’t rely on memory alone.

6:04 Reason for meeting. Tough to get perspective from the street and resident level. Want to get sense of what is going on in town.

6:03 Welcome by Mayor Dan Knorr. Introducing town officials.

6:00 Meeting ready to start

5:27 WNEP on the scene

WNEP on the Scene

5:25 Todd Heiss and Derek Gittler are currently setting up and getting ready to go!


At 6:oo PM tonight (Tuesday, October 18th), there will be an open forum to discuss the flood response hosted by Mayor Dan Knorr at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall. (Read our own Jen Ralston’s overview and reminders for the event.) We will have two people on scene to keep track of the major concerns and issues being discussed. This page will become the live blog for the event. A live blog is “a blog post which is intended to provide a rolling textual coverage of an ongoing event, similar to live television or live radio.” (Wikipedia)

So, basically our reporters will be providing live “play by play” coverage right here in this blog post. The top of the post will have the most current update and then you will be able to scroll down the page to see all of the previous updates in reverse chronological order.

We encourage everyone to get to the fire hall and have your voices heard, but if you can’t please come back to this post and keep refreshing to see the latest news from the forum. In addition, if you have aquestion or comment that you would like our reporters to ask, simply leave a comment here, tweet us @bloomsburgdaily, or leave a comment on Facebook. You can also contact our reporter directly:

Email: derekgittler@thebloomsburgdaily.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/derek.gittler

Twitter: @dgittler

Just make sure you participate in one way or another! And keep checking back here for updates.


A Reminder From The Bloomsburg Daily

For those of you not aware, The Bloomsburg Daily was born on October 1st, 2011. We began this site because, quite simply, we had questions that we couldn’t find the answers to.

That isn’t to say that the information we sought (and continue to seek) isn’t already out there somewhere; we just couldn’t easily find it. So it occurred to us that others may be in the same position. We made this space to share whatever answers we find with you.

The site will continue to evolve and (hopefully) grow. We are very excited about the prospects that lie ahead. One of the most exciting things for me personally is that, since we have chosen to share our answers with you online, not only is everything we write archived, searchable, and shareable — it’s interactive. If you have a comment on something that we “published” two days, weeks, or even months ago, it’s still available to all and open to discussion.

This isn’t just a newspaper without the ink and paper; it’s a conversation. Up until now, we’ve been doing most of the talking. But now it’s your turn to speak:

At 6pm on Tuesday, October 18th, Mayor Knorr will be on-hand at the Bloomsburg Fire Department Social Hall to facilitate a post-mortem discussion of the town’s flood response protocol and recovery.

The Mayor and Town Council will be there. Representatives from the EMA, Police, Fire, and Code Enforcement will be there.

6pm on Tuesday night might not be a convenient time for you to be there, but we urge you to make the time to do so. We know we aren’t the only ones with questions and observations on this topic. The more people who show up and make their voices heard, the better.

We will be at the meeting Tuesday night, too, reporting as close to live as possible on the discussion.

If you can’t make it but you have questions or comments you want to pass along to the representatives, our intrepid reporter, Derek Gittler can be reached at:

Email: derekgittler@thebloomsburgdaily.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/derek.gittler

Twitter: @dgittler

But we can’t guarantee that we’ll have a chance to ask all of your questions — the only way to do that is to come and ask them yourself.

Will you be there to speak for Bloomsburg?
Where: Bloomsburg Fire Department, Social Hall, 911 Market Street, Bloomsburg
When: 6:00 PM Oct 18, 2011

Art Show at the Moose Exchange

Endless Records has presented a range of things in the last year, from rock concerts to bowling parties to experimental film screenings, and now we’re hosting an art show as well. In collaboration with the Stairwell Gallery at the Moose Exchange, we’ve curated an exhibit of local artists recreating and re-imagining favorite album covers. Check it out for yourself at our opening reception tonight, Friday, October 14, 2011, from 6 to 8 PM. Endless Nick of Endless Records will be DJing the event with a choice selection of cover versions from the extensive Endless Records library, and light refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Mini-Fair this Weekend

4-H members from Columbia County, as well as six other nearby counties, will put on a Mini-Fair this weekend.  It will happen at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds in the barn area.  Parking and admission are free, and over 30 vendors will be in attendance (including John the Greek, Dave’s Concessions, Williams Concessions, Hewlett’s & others). There will also be crafts/jewelry and games.

About 240 goats, sheep, hogs, beef cattle, and steer will be featured.  The animals are raised by 4-H members.  Shows include:

Friday, October 14th:
6:00 PM Sheep and Market Lamb Show

Saturday, October 15th:
8:00 AM Market Hog Show
12:30 PM Market Goat Show
6:00 PM Beef and Steer Show

Sunday, October 16th:
8:30 AM Supreme Showmanship Contest
2:00 PM Market Animal Show

Come out and support the local 4-H members!


Town to Hold Open Forum

From the Town of Bloomsburg:

6:00 PM  Oct 18, 2011
Location: Bloomsburg Fire Department, Social Hall, 911 Market Street, Bloomsburg.

Mayor Knorr will facilitate discussion where residents will be encouraged to provide their insights, suggestions and criticisms on all aspects of the recent flooding disaster and subsequent reponse and recovery efforts.  Town Council, Police, Fire, Code Enforcement and EMA representatives will be present to answer questions.

Please plan to attend this important event.  For more information, please call the Bloomsburg Police Department at (570) 784-6779.

FEMA at Lowes through Wednesday

FEMA hazard mitigation specialists are on hand through Wednesday at the Lowe’s home improvement store in Bloomsburg to provide information about ways to rebuild or remodel that can reduce the risk of damages from future disasters.

They also will be there to answer questions about FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program.

Rebuilding or repairing a home after a disaster can be a daunting task – but, with the right information, homeowners can build back safer, smarter and stronger.

FEMA specialists are available in Columbia County to provide that information through Wednesday, October 12.

FEMA Mitigation Outreach
50 Lunger Drive
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Wednesday

Online help is also available at the following websites:

Article Courtesy of FEMA
Photograph Courtesy of FEMA


Flood Relief Bake Sale on Friday, October 7th

Bloomsburg University’s Flood Buddies will hold a bake sale Friday, Oct. 7, during the Bloomsburg High School homecoming game at Redman Stadium. The bake sale will begin at 6:30 p.m. and all proceeds will benefit more than 60 Bloomsburg Area School District families displaced by the recent flooding. Flood Buddies, a group of senior-level public relations students at BU, also will accept donations for flood relief during the football game.

BU students involved in Flood Buddies include Jessica Ames, Kimberly Cox, Hillary Gorgone, Bethany Homiak, Deanna Kellett, Brittany Kelly, Samantha McFarland, Samie Richart, Brooke Samsel, Brittany Scharr, Jennifer Sensky, Julie Sterner, Natalie Wagner, Amanda Whitford and Erika Zaborny.

Event information courtesy of Bloomsburg University

Photo courtesy of Cuizoo

Bloomsburg Area Trick or Treating Schedule

According to Bloomsburg Town Hall, Trick or Treating will be from 6-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

Danville Council voted tonight to schedule Halloween Trick or Treating from  6-9 p.m. on Oct. 29.

And if you are looking for the perfect costumes, our Halloween store is located at the Buckhorn Plaza (Walmart, Lowes, etc), 68 Lunger Dr, Bloomsburg.  Call them at 570-784-8593.