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July 23, 2014
Birthday Traditions

Last week i had a birthday , nothing
alarming about that, it happens every
year. I suppose i won't get to excited
until i don't have anymore, then that
will get my attention.

Anyway, this isn't a story about no
more birthdays, this is a story about
birthday traditions. I grew up in the
Forster Care program until i was about
8, i don't recall having a birthday party
until I entered my last foster home
when i was 8. That family would go on
to adopt me, yay me! Thousands of
foster kids never get so lucky, so i was
very fortunate to find a home.

Today is my girlfriends birthday, so
what her family tradition is and i am so
happy to be included in, is when the
birthday person goes to bed the family
come to the birthday persons house
and decorates. Now this isn't just a
balloon here and there, it is a big
poster with Happy Birthday greetings
on it. Balloons, silly string, a Happy
Birthday banner and if your real lucky
an embarrassing picture of the guest
of honor if they can find one.  

Most people like to forget birthdays,
but i prefer to remember and celebrate
in some fashion, usually it's a trip for a
good steak. I know it seems silly to
appreciate a bunch of porch
decorations for one's birthday, but it's
more than decorations to me, it's a
reminder that people care enough to
stay up late and come down and do
that for you, thats pretty cool. Besides
there is one side benefit to decorating
someone's house, you don't have to
take them down, the birthday persons
get too, so you can get as creative as
you like. But remember, your birthday
will come around sooner or later.
Local Events



LIVE AUCTION

July 23, 2014 5:00 pm
Orangeville Nursing Health and Rehab
Center will raise money to support the
Alzheimber's 2014 Memory Walk again
this year with another live Auction.  
Auctioneers Olen and Ray Knecht are
offering services for this auction.  
Looking for donations of items that are
new or almost new to auction at this
event.  All items are appreciated and
all proceeds will go to Alzheimber's
Association, a non profit organization.  
Please contact Darlia at 570.683.5036
for more information.
Cost: Free Admission
Host name: Orangeville Nursing Health
& Rehabilitation Center
Venue: Orangeville Nursing Health &
Rehabilitation Center
200 Berwick Road, Berwick, PA, 17815




LIVE MUSIC AT TURKEY HILL BREWING
COMPANY

July 20, 2014 - July 31, 2014
July 20 - 7:00 to 9:00 pm - Mikki Talley
from Asheville, NC.  Acoustic duo with
her husband. Very soultry, folk music.
July 24 - 8:00 to 10:00 pm - The
Vinegar Creek Constituency:
"amerikindasorta string music" -
bluegrass, folk tunes - not the full
band but probably 3 of the guys. July
27 - 7:00 to 9:00 pm - Totem Pole
(Christian Tloczynski's Band)- local
band, folk tunes. A portion of profits
from the night will be donated to The
EOS Therapeutic Riding Center. July 31
- 9:00ish to 11:00ish - 3rd Street -
Steve Gilliland's band - local guys - jam
music
Host name: Turkey Hill Brewing
Company
Venue: Turkey Hill Brewing Company
991 Central Road, Bloomsburg, PA,
17815
570-387-8422 -





BTE’S SUMMER THEATRE SCHOOL

July 21, 2014 - August 01, 2014
Camps & Classes for students ages 2-
100!  Comedy Improv!~ Character
Creation! Play Readings! Integrated
Arts:  France - Ages 8-13 - July 21 to
August 1 - 2 week full day camp -
Instructors:  Samantha Norton,
Theatre; Holly Lapinsky, Music; Melissa
Matthews, Art Oh La La  We are taking
a virtual tour of France through Music,
Art, Theatre and Food!  Each day is
filled with classes taught by three
expert teachers.  We then get
together with families to learn how to
cook traditional French food!  This
camp is must for your drama
king/queen.  Showing and Reception:  
Friday, August 1 at 2:45. Scholarships
are available. Download the
registration at www.bte.org.  
Questions?  Call Sam at 570-784-5530!
Cost: $280.00
Host name: Bloomsburg Theatre
Ensemble
Venue: Caldwell Consistory
150 Market Street, Bloomsburg, PA,
17815




Orangeville Carnival - July 18-26



INSIDE OUT, GROUP EXHIBIT

July 10, 2014 - August 24, 2014
Artspace A Cooperative Gallery is a
fine art and handmade craft gallery in
Bloomsburg, PA.  Our (at present) 15
members have the opportunity to
show their work in a sophisticated
setting, where patrons can see our
pieces year round without the
interfering clutter of studios.  All
members are juried in by current
members, and we strive to keep a
high standard of quality work, as well
as a balance of media--clay, painting,
prints, photography, fiber, jewelry,
and wood. Artspace is a thriving
business that has turned into a
destination for art-lovers who seek
beautiful, locally made artwork.
Opening Reception:  Saturday, July 12,
2014 from 6-8 pm. Gallery Hours:  
Thursday through Saturday 12-8 and
Sunday 12-5.  By Appointment at other
times.
Cost: Free to attend
Host name: Artspace Gallery
Venue: Artspace Gallery
221 Center Street, Bloomsburg, PA,
17815
570-784-0737 .artspace
-Bloomsburg.
com

STREET LEGAL RACING
Fridays

Guaranteed cash payouts!  Can you
qualify for the Jensens engine
technologies Quick 8? (fastest 8 card
in AUTO/STICK) Fridays April 4 to
September 26 (except for special
events) Gates open 5 pm; time trials 6
pm; Eliminations 8 pm. Refer to
website for fees and full race
schedules.  
Cost: Spectators 12 & younger FREE
Host name: Numidia Dragway
Venue: Numidia Dragway
24 DiMino Blvd., Hawley, PA, 18428
570-799-5090 - http://www.
numidiadragway.com

Local Carnival List

Orangeville - July 18-26 Hobbie -
August 1-3 Slabtown - August 1-2
Catawissa - August 6-9 North
Mountain - August 8-10, 15-17
Montour-Delong Fair - August 11-16
Numidia - August 14-16 Nescopeck
Community Days - August 14-16
Elysburg - August 30-September 1
Bloomsburg Fair - September 20-27  

Bloomsburg - Wednesdays
Come and enjoy the Bloomsburg
summer concert series  at the Town
Park! All concerts are scheduled from 7:
00 to 8:30 pm, unless stated
otherwise. Every Wednesday through
July! July 16 - Memory Lane - Music of
the 50's, 60's, and 70's - Fritz Dabulis,
Leader July 23 - Top Shelf - Classic
Rock and Country 50's to 80's July 30 -
Gift, Troutman and Gift - A trip with
focal harmonies from the 40's to the
present.
Cost: Free
Host name: Bloomsburg Town Park
Improvement Assoc.
Venue: Bloomsburg Town Park
Market Street & Ft. McClure Road,
Bloomsburg, PA, 17815
717-329-8039

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES - Berwick

Thursdays:
Bring a lawn chair and blanket!  Food
is usually available, so bring some $$
and have a bit to eat! Contributors:  
Borough of Berwick, Central
Susquehanna Community Foundation,
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Schedule:  (Thursday evenings, unless
otherwise listed)  July 10 - The
Legends Oldies Band (50's & 60's
Oldies) July 17 - Stanky and the Coal
Miners (The most famous Polka Band
in PA!) July 24 - SCMM (Gospel) July 31
- Jeff Brown and the Sons of a Sailor (A
tribute to Jimmy Buffet) August 7 -
Licker'd Up (Country Old and New)
August 14 - Autumn's Golden Oldies
Band (50's & 60's Oldies) August 21 -
The Sounds of Music (Big Band Music)
August 28 - Covert Action (A local
favorite!  A sparkling display of
dynamic music) September 4 - Memory
Lane (Do Wop Oldies up to 1963 and
older)  CAKE & ICE CREAM SOCIAL  
Cost: FREE
Host name: Borough of Berwick
Venue: Jackson Mansion Lawn
Market Street, Berwick, PA, 18603
http://www.berwickborough.org
Lackawanna Kennel Club Dog Show

July 25th - 27th
Bloomsburg Fairgrounds
From Rep. Dave Millard


Doe Licenses Now on Sale

The Pennsylvania Game
Commission is now accepting
applications for the first round of
doe license sales. The number of
licenses has been reduced by
nearly 60,000, so hunters who
want a license should submit their
applications sooner rather than
later. In-state applicants only are
being accepted for the first two
weeks.

Antlerless deer license applications
must be mailed directly to a
county treasurer’s office and be
mailed in the official pink envelope
issued to hunters at the time they
purchase their general hunting
licenses.
At BU
Thursday, July 24


7:00pm
B.U.'s Pool Party at the Town Pool

9:00pm
Movie--The Other Woman
State Senator
John Gordner

BLOOMSBURG HOUSING PROJECT
AMONG THOSE APPROVED TODAY BY
STATE HOUSING AGENCY



(HARRISBURG) – - The Pennsylvania
Housing Finance Agency today
approved over $20 million in federal
tax credits for 24 affordable, multi-
family housing developments, including
one in Bloomsburg.  An application
submitted by the Columbia County
Housing Corporation for the Bloom
Mills senior housing development
project was approved for more than
$900,000 in credits, according to
Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).

“This project provides quality
affordable housing with forty new
apartments for seniors,” said Senator
Gordner.  “Additionally, the future
residents of Bloom Mills with have
superior access to amenities since the
development will include a senior
center open to the public.”

The center, developed in cooperation
with the Columbia/Montour Area
Agency on Aging and Bloomsburg
University, will include a community
room, fitness center and a library.  
Seniors will have access to health
services and support programs
including fitness, nutrition, finance and
transportation.

“This is a remarkable example of
community organizations and
government entities coming together
for a project that will not only benefit
the seniors who will live at Bloom Mills,
but the entire community,” said
Senator Gordner.

The tax credits are administered by
the Pennsylvania Housing Finance
Agency (PHFA) and were approved by
its board.
Stories You May Have
Missed

Press Release – FAA Statement–Notice
to Airmen Issued for Ben Gurion
International Airport
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For Immediate Release

July 22, 2014
Contact: Kristie M. Greco
Phone: (202) 267-3883




At 12:15 EST on July 22, 2014, the FAA
issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM)
informing U.S. airlines that they are
prohibited from flying to or from
Israel's Ben Gurion International
Airport for a period of up to 24 hours.  
The notice was issued in response to
a rocket strike which landed
approximately one mile from Ben
Gurion International Airport on the
morning of July 22, 2014.  The NOTAM
applies only to U.S. operators, and has
no authority over foreign airlines
operating to or from the airport.

The FAA immediately notified U.S.
carriers when the agency learned of
the rocket strike and informed them
that the agency was finalizing a
NOTAM.

The FAA will continue to monitor and
evaluate the situation.  Updated
instructions will be provided to U.S.
airlines as soon as conditions permit,
but no later than  24 hours from the
time the NOTAM went into force.

The text of the NOTAM reads:

!FDC 4/3630 ZZZ PART 1 OF 2
SECURITY ISRAEL POTENTIALLY
HAZARDOUS SITUATION—ISRAEL
AIRSPACE DUE TO THE POTENTIALLY
HAZARDOUS SITUATION CREATED BY
THE ARMED CONFLICT IN ISRAEL AND
GAZA, ALL FLIGHT OPERATIONS
TO/FROM BEN GURION INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT (LLBG) BY U.S. OPERATORS
ARE PROHIBITED UNTIL FURTHER
ADVISED. A. APPLICABILITY. THIS
NOTAM APPLIES TO ALL U.S. AIR
CARRIERS OR COMMERCIAL
OPERATORS, ALL PERSONS
EXERCISING THE PRIVILEGES OF AN
AIRMAN CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY THE
FAA EXCEPT SUCH PERSONS
OPERATING U.S.-REGISTERED
AIRCRAFT FOR A FOREIGN AIR
CARRIER, AND ALL OPERATORS OF
AIRCRAFT REGISTERED IN THE UNITED
STATES EXCEPT WHERE THE
OPERATOR OF SUCH AIRCRAFT IS A
FOREIGN AIR CARRIER. B. PERMITTED
OPERATIONS. THIS NOTAM DOES NOT
PROHIBIT PERSONS DESCRIBED IN
PARAGRAPH A FROM CONDUCTING
FLIGHT OPERATIONS WITHIN THE
TERRITORY AND AIRSPACE OF ISRAEL
WHEN SUCH OPERATIONS ARE
AUTHORIZED EITHER BY ANOTHER
AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATES
GOVERNMENT WITH THE APPROVAL OF
THE FAA OR BY AN EXEMPTION ISSUED
BY THE ADMINISTRATOR. 1407221615-
1407231615EST END PART 1 OF 2

!FDC 4/3630 ZZZ PART 2 OF 2
SECURITY OPERATORS SHOULD CALL
THE DOMESTIC EVENTS NETWORK
(DEN) AT 202-493-5107 FOR
AUTHORIZATION. C. EMERGENCY
SITUATIONS. IN AN EMERGENCY THAT
REQUIRES IMMEDIATE DECISION AND
ACTION FOR THE SAFETY OF THE
FLIGHT, THE PILOT IN COMMAND OF AN
AIRCRAFT MAY DEVIATE FROM THIS
NOTAM TO THE EXTENT REQUIRED BY
THAT EMERGENCY. THIS NOTAM WILL
BE UPDATED WITHIN 24 HOURS,
OPERATORS SHOULD CONTINUE TO
MONITOR U.S. NOTAMS FOR CHANGES
OR UPDATES. 1407221615-
1407231615EST END PART 2 OF 2
Chamber Co-Signs Letter Opposing
Minimum Wage Increase


As the debate on whether to increase
the state’s minimum wage goes on,
the Chamber joined a coalition of local
chambers of commerce from across the
Commonwealth and the PA Chamber
in sending a letter last week to state
lawmakers warning of the adverse
effects on jobs and urging their
opposition to a mandated wage hike.
This is in addition to a letter the
Chamber sent to our state and federal
delegations last month opposing an
increase at either level.

The letter was sent the same day that
minimum wage proponents held a
‘Raise the Wage’ rally in the state
Capitol. The PA Chamber continues to
counter the minimum wage debate
because those advocating for it aren’t
considering the impact that a minimum
wage hike would have on small
business owners, who are the most
common employers to pay minimum
wage and would be most likely to halt
hiring or cut jobs as a result of the
wage hike.

In addition to the letter, the PA
Chamber also issued a press release
listing a myriad of problems that would
likely arise for small business owners
in the event of a wage increase. The
release referenced a report by the
Congressional Budget Office stating
that a forced wage increase would
jeopardize more than 500,000 jobs.
Interestingly, the jobs that would be
most at risk are held by the very
people proponents of the wage hike
claim they are aiming to help.
If your new to Bloomsburg FAQ’s

Can I speak at a Town Council
Meeting?
Yes. Please contact Amy Seamans at
570-784-7123 ext. 117 by noon the
Friday before a Council Meeting and
ask to be a “Citizen to Be Heard” at
the meeting.

(Note: Council Meetings are the 2nd
and 4th Monday of each month)


How do I reserve a pavilion at the
Bloomsburg Town Park?
Contact Amy Seamans at 570-784-
7123 ext. 117

Where can I get a copy of my birth
certificate?
Division of Vital Records

724-656-3100


Where can I get a copy of a death
certificate?
Division of Vital Records

724-656-3100




Where can I get registered to vote?
How can I find out if I’m registered?
Where do I vote?
Voter Registration

570-389-5640

http://www.columbiapa.
org/voter/index.php


Does Bloomsburg have a Better
Business Bureau?
No, however there is a Better
Business Bureau in Scranton, PA which
covers our area.

570-342-5100

info@mybbb.org


What recycling area do I live in?
AREA 1

East of Market Street, North of Main
Street & Lightstreet Road. Includes
both sides of Main between Market
and East Street and Lightstreet Road.

AREA 2

West of Market Street, North of 5th
Street. Includes both sides of Market
between 1st and 5th Streets.

Area 3

West of Market Street, South of 5th
Street. Includes both sides of 5th
Street & Market Street between 5th
and Fort McClure Blvd.

Area 4

East of Market Street, South of Main
Street and Lightstreet Rd., North of
7th Street.

Area 5

East of Market Street, South of 7th
Street. Includes both sides of 7th
Street.


Frequently Requested Phone Numbers
BLOOMSBURG POST OFFICE (Market
Street) – 784-1077
COLUMBIA COUNTY COURTHOUSE
(Main Street, Bloomsburg) – 389-5600
ASSISTANCE OFFICE (Columbia
County) – 387-4200
DOG WARDEN (Columbia County) –
John Graham – 458-5439
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