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Phone (570) 764 - 2118
This Week
Early Bird Expo


The Col-Mont Gobblers chapter of the
National Wildlife Turkey Federation is
a proud sponsor of this year's show

Show Hours are:
Thursday, January 22th: 4:00 pm to 9:
00 pm
Friday, January 23th: 10;00 am to 9:00
Saturday, January 24th: 10:00 am to 8:
00 pm
Sunday, January 25th: 10:00 am to 5:
00 pm

Admission Fees:

Free Parking

Kids under 12 – Free

Admission Price: $6.00 ($5.50 with

Senior Day (65+), Friday, Jan. 23, (10
am – 3 pm only) - $3.00
Military Personnel – Free with ID
The show is held inside the buildings
at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.
620 West 3rd Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Hunter Safety Course will be given
starting on Thurs night and finishing
up on Sat morning. Go to the Game
Commission's website after Jan 1,
2015 for more details.
January 22, 2015 - February 01, 2015
By Yasmina Reza; Directed by Richard
Cannaday LOL as three grown-ups
squabble like kids over a modern art
painting, in the 1998 Tony
Award-winning Best Play that's "wildly
funny, naughtily provocative" - The
New York Post.  Pay what you wish
preview on January 22 at 7;30 Regular
performances; Friday, January 23 -
7:30; Saturday, January 24, - 7:30;
Sunday, January 25 - 3:00; Thursday,
January 29 - 7;30; Friday, January 30 -
7;30; Saturday, January 31 - 7:30;
Sunday, February 1 - 3:00 Tickets at, box or
Cost: $26/Adult $22/Senior (60+) $22/
Young Adult (30 & under)
$13/Students $13/Previews
Host name: Bloomsburg Theatre
Venue: Alvina Kraus Theatre
226 Center Street, Bloomsburg , PA,
570-784-8181 -
January 23, 2015 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
New Orleans' own Hot 8 Brass Band
has epitomized New Orleans street
music for over a decade. The band
plays the traditional Second Line
parades, hosted each Sunday
afternoon by Social Aid and Pleasure
Clubs, infusing their performances with
the funk and energy that makes New
Orleans music loved around the world.
The members of the Hot 8 Brass Band
were born and raised in New Orleans
and many began playing together in
high school. What makes the Hot 8 so
special are the sounds they coax from
their well-loved, well-worn horns.
Members of the Hot 8 Brass Band
have toured in Japan, Italy, France,
Spain, Finland, England and Sardinia.
The band performs annually at the
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage
Festival, world and jazz festivals across
the US and Europe, and were featured
in both Spike Lee documentaries
When the Levees Broke and If God is
Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise. The
Hot 8 has released three critically
acclaimed recordings and is featured
on the latest Blind Boys of Alabama
recording on Time-Life Records.
Cost: Adults: $20, Seniors 62+ and
Subscribers: $16, Youth 18 and Under:
$10, Non-Bucknell College Students
(limit 2): $10
Host name: Weis Center for the
Performing Arts
Venue: Weis Center
1 Dent Drive, Lewisburg, PA, 17837
570-577-1000 -

January 24 & 25, 2015 8:00 am - 2:00
Local vendors sell their treasures to
anyone who attends this two-day
event. Items present include
everything from produce to furniture.
Cost: Free Admission
Host name: N4Cs
Venue: Northern Columbia Community
and Cultural Center
42 Community Drive, Benton, PA,
570-925-0163 -
January 24, 2015 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
All you can eat Haddock Fish Dinner
with homemade desserts.  Nice family
atmosphere with friendly servers.   
Take outs available. If you walk away
hungry, it's your own fault!
Cost: $13 with takeouts available;
Children $6.50
Host name: Montour Delong
Community Fair Assn.
Venue: Montour Delong Fairgrounds
2628 Broadway Road, Danville, PA,
570-437-3068 -
Jeff Gordon announces 2015 will
be his last as full-time NASCAR

Jeff Gordon has announced that he will
stop racing NASCAR full-time after the
2015 season. (Matt Sullivan / Getty

By Chuck Schilken  contact the reporter
This article is related to:  Auto Racing,
Stock Car Racing,
Jeff Gordon,
Hendrick Motorsports

Gordon says he will compete for one
last NASCAR championship in 2015
January 22, 2015, 8:07 AM

Jeff Gordon says he's not officially
retiring. But he also says he has no
plans as of right now to compete
beyond the 2015 season..

The four-time NASCAR champion
announced Thursday that the
upcoming season will be the last time
he will compete full-time.

“I thought long and hard about my
future this past year and during the off-
season, and I’ve decided 2015 will be
the last time I compete for a
championship," Gordon said in a
statement released by Hendrick
Motorsports. "I won’t use the ‘R-word’
because I plan to stay extremely busy
in the years ahead, and there’s always
the possibility I’ll compete in selected
events, although I currently have no
plans to do that."

He added: "“I’ll explore opportunities
for the next phase of my career, but
my primary focus now and throughout
2015 will be my performance in the No.
24 Chevrolet. I’m going to pour
everything I have into this season and
look forward to the challenge of
competing for one last championship."

Gordon has spent all 23 years of his
career driving the No. 24 car for
Hendrick. His 92 career Cup series
wins include championships in 1995,
1997, 1998 and 2001. He has finished
sixth in points the previous two

“I will never be able to properly express
the respect and admiration I have for
Jeff and how meaningful our
relationship is to me," Rick Hendrick
said. "I’m so grateful for everything he’
s done for our company and my family,
and I look forward to many more years
together as friends and business

Gordon said: “I don’t foresee a day
when I’ll ever step away from racing. I’
m a fan of all forms of motor sports,
but particularly NASCAR. We have a
tremendous product, and I’m
passionate about the business and its
future success. As an equity owner in
Hendrick Motorsports, I’m a partner
with Rick and will remain heavily
involved with the company for many
years to come. It means so much to
have the chance to continue working
with the owner who took a chance on
me and the incredible team that’s
stood behind me every step of the
Facing financial pressures: 5 tips
for the sandwich generation

(BPT) - Would you sacrifice your
retirement and savings to
simultaneously support your elderly
parents and adult children? It’s not
something many people envision, but
millions are doing just that. These
individuals are part of the sandwich
generation—middle-aged adults caring
for two different generations of family
at the same time while planning for
their own retirement goals.

Not surprisingly, this situation can
cause significant financial strain.
Research shows the pressure
experienced by the sandwich
generation is growing. According to a
2013 Pew Research Center survey, 21
percent of adults ages 40 to 59
provided some financial support to a
parent aged 65 or older. By contrast,
nearly half (48 percent) provided
support to at least one adult child in
the same period, up from 42 percent
just seven years earlier.

“The emotional and financial strain of
caring for an aging parent is
challenging, but as more people also
provide support for an adult child,
financial security becomes a big
concern,” says Adam Hamm, National
Association of Insurance
Commissioners (NAIC) President and
North Dakota Insurance Commissioner.
“Fortunately, making smart choices
along the way can help alleviate the
financial stresses felt by the sandwich
generation and safeguard their long-
term financial well-being.”

To avoid common pitfalls and to help
plan for the unpredictable, the NAIC
offers five tips to help consumers in
the sandwich generation.

1. Create a plan: Alleviate confusion in
the midst of a crisis by creating a plan
for your loved one’s care.

2. Solicit support: Caring for a parent
while working full-time and raising kids
is physically and emotionally draining.
Surround yourself with people who
care and be willing to ask for help.

3. Talk about finances: Long before
you think you need to, review your
parents’ insurance policies to
understand their wishes, so you’re
informed enough to make changes

4. Set expectations: Be open about
how much financial support you plan to
give your children once they reach
adulthood. Decide how long you will
allow coverage under your health plan
and who will pay associated co-pays
and deductibles. If your adult children
live with you, have the same
conversation about auto insurance.

5. Review your life insurance: If your
family depends on you as the primary
source of income, take time to
evaluate your life insurance needs.
Getting the correct amount provides
peace of mind. Once your child is
financially independent, you may wish
to decrease the amount of your policy.

“Initiating important conversations can
help reduce stress and ensure
finances remain intact,” says Hamm. “It’
s essential to maintain an open mind
and employ honest communication so
everyone understands expectations.

Visit for more
information, including a checklist with
action items you can take now to
ensure that unforeseen insurance
needs do not impact financial stability.
Be a super shopper: where to
splurge and save at the grocery

(BPT) - Every time you walk into a
grocery store you are hit with a
barrage of options: fresh, frozen,
canned, store brand, name brand,
organic. Even with your shopping list in
hand, the choices can be
overwhelming. Knowing when you
should splurge and where you can
save can make all the difference in
your grocery store shopping.


“The one thing that you really want to
not scrimp on is your meat,” says chef
Odette Smith-Ransome of The
International Culinary School at The
Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Up to 15
percent of the contents of cheaper and
frozen meats can actually be water or
stock. When it comes to chicken, Smith-
Ransome adds that the higher priced
chicken is probably a younger chicken.
“When they harvest the younger
chickens, they’re more tender with a
better flavor to them.”

With regard to seafood, chef Nathan
Lane of The International Culinary
School at The Art Institutes
International - Kansas City says that
you can tell the difference between
wild caught and farm raised seafood,
and believes the wild caught is worth
the extra money.

Smith-Ransome says that if you are
able to get your meat from a farmers
market or farm where you can see that
the animals are being raised correctly,
it is worth the extra money.


Lane encourages you to try farmers
markets for produce. Not only are you
supporting local farmers, but you are
also getting things that are fresh and
in season, and he finds it to be
comparable to a grocery store or a bit
cheaper on most items. The items that
may cost a bit more are definitely worth
it. Lane says organics are not always
worth the extra money, but, “it’s
important to treat your body with
respect and know that what you’re
putting into it is coming from reputable

Smith-Ransome recommends
spending your money on fresh
vegetables, by going someplace where
you can actually see the fruit and
vegetables. When you buy fruit in a big
bag, it may be cheaper, but when you
get it home you may find items that
have bad spots on them. When picking
out individual pieces, you will really
take care to get good items.


“I don’t find much difference between
brands of milk and cream,” says Lane.
It’s worth the extra money to buy
cheese that is really cheese. Smith-
Ransome explains that you don’t want
the product to say “cheese food” or
“cheese product” – indicators that
these are processed products with
added ingredients to look like cheese.
Lane adds that it is worth the money to
buy the real imported cheese. For
instance skip the “Spanish-Style
Manchego” cheese and opt for the real
Manchego cheese from Spain. The
same goes for Parmesan cheese: the
real imported cheese will taste much
better than the stuff in a can.

Be careful when purchasing butter or
margarine, because the less expensive
brands are usually less expensive
because they are adding water to the
product, says Smith-Ransome. Read
the labels and keep on the look-out for
water in the list of ingredients and also
the word spread. The addition of water
can throw off tried and true recipes.

Lane says it’s worth it to splurge for a
better ice cream. Cheap ice creams
can have air blended in so you want to
look for a heavier product than
another in the same sized container.

Canned goods

“A lot of times you can find some
happy discoveries when you look at
canned goods,” says Smith-Ransome.
Brand names aren’t always going to be
the best for your purpose. She
recommends trying out several brands
to find one you like. The sweetness,
amount of salt and taste from one
brand to another can be very different.
It all comes down to personal
preference. Once you decide on a
brand of canned good you like, Lane
suggests buying fruits and vegetables
that are canned whole. These items
will be more versatile.
4 easy ways to plan for summer fun
this winter

(BPT) - Picture this: warm wind blowing
across your face, the sound of waves
crashing, and all your worries left
behind on land. This is you on a boat
and now is the perfect time to make
this dream a reality. Winter may be
frigid for many, but it’s the best time to
start planning for warmer days ahead.

More than 89 million Americans go
boating each year, according to the
National Marine Manufacturers
Association, proving it’s easier than
ever to join the fun and climb aboard.
Whether you're interested in fishing,
sailing, wakesurfing, personal
watercraft or cruising, start planning
now so you don’t get left on land this

Warm up this winter with these four tips:

Explore boats under one roof.
Throughout the winter, hundreds of
boat shows take place around the
country, providing deals on boats for
every budget, plus a chance to browse
a variety of options in one location
versus visiting multiple boat
dealerships. Boat shows are an
opportunity for the whole family to
learn and have some fun, with
educational seminars and workshops,
hands-on trainings, fishing
demonstrations and more. Check out to find a boat show in
your neck of the woods.

Test the waters. No boat yet? No
problem. There are ways to test the
waters near your home or on a warm
weather vacation, from hourly or daily
rentals to charters and more. Another
popular option is fractional ownership,
similar to lodging timeshares, where
members can pre-schedule use of the
boat online and often receive the
added benefits of lessons, flotillas and
additional crew, if needed. Week-long
charters are an additional option for
those looking to escape to warmer
weather, wake up on the water and
fully experience the boating lifestyle
this winter.

Do your homework. Prep for summer
now by doing your online research on
how to get started, where to boat and
what to consider before buying. Get
inspired by other boaters by checking
out Stories of Discovery
documentaries on discoverboating.
com. Your own story of discovery can
start with the right boat, so take the
next step towards making your
daydream a reality by using a boat
selector tool to match your budget,
lifestyle and interests with the best
boat for your needs.

Learn the ropes. Education is a great
way to prepare now for boating season
later. Boating schools and courses are
a great way to learn the rules of the
water – online, in a classroom or on
the water. Perfect your powerboating,
sailing, fishing or watersports skills by
learning the basics and having fun in
the process. Check out a list of
courses and find one that floats your
boat close to home.

This winter find ways to get out of the
cold weather doldrums. is a resource to
satisfy all your boating curiosities with
a boat loan calculator to do the math,
tips and how-to’s for the latest boating
activities and how to get your feet wet
with (or without) owning a boat.
The secrets to planning spring
break as an adult

(BPT) - When you hear the term
“spring break” what comes to mind?
Likely images of partying college
students or theme parks packed to the
brim with families. If you’re looking to
enjoy a spring break vacation that’s a
little more off the beaten path,
consider a destination that proves to
be a hidden gem for more mature
crowds, whether it be young couples
looking for romance to empty-nesters
desiring a quick getaway.

With a few insider tips and tricks, you
can indulge your desire to travel by
following this advice for planning a
grown-up spring break vacation:

Look for locations on the shoulder
The secret to enjoying a destination
with fewer crowds is researching
locations that are currently
experiencing a shoulder season –
times of the year that are adjacent to
peak travel periods. One example is
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with a
shoulder season in March, April and
May, as well as September and
October. During this time there are
fewer crowds and enjoyable weather,
averaging 60 to 70 degrees. Visit www. for more

Select off-the-beaten-path
If you want a grown-up take on spring
break, skip the mega-resorts and opt
for more intimate accommodations.
Research different neighborhoods and
locally owned boutique hotels. Bed and
breakfasts are a great option for a
more relaxing and comfortable adult
experience. Vacation homes are also
ideal for an adult getaway. These
homes can also be found in great
locations while offering more room and
privacy to make guests feel right at

Avoid tourist traps and research
unique areas to explore
Once you select a destination,
research areas to explore that are less
known to tourists. These places might
include local favorites, a hidden beach
a short drive up the shore, or a scenic
town with loads of charm but not loads
of people. Visitors to South Carolina
looking to escape often head to the
quaint fishing village called Murrells
Inlet; the MarshWalk is a great area to
indulge on delicious seafood, cold
drinks and live music. No matter where
you’re heading, a simple Google
search or post on social media is sure
to provide plenty of unique ideas.

Leave time open for relaxation and
It’s your spring break, so make it
exactly how you want it to be. There is
no pressure to have a fully packed
itinerary or to stay out late unless you
want it that way. Leave time to read a
book beachside, get up at dawn to
watch the sun rise and hunt for shells,
or take a siesta after lunch. You have
no one to please but yourself, so leave
the checklist of to-do’s at home and
get into an adult vacationer’s frame of

Sip and savor until your heart’s content
For decades, adults looking to kick
back and tempt their palates have
visited wineries to pop open local
bottles in beautiful surroundings.
Today there is a new libation
movement that can make for a fun
activity on your grown-up spring break:
microbrewery tours. Small, locally
operated breweries, such as New
South Brewing located in the heart of
Myrtle Beach, offer an intimate look at
the complicated process of beer
brewing, including weekly tours and
samplings that allows guests to try a
few pours.

Look for mature entertainment options
Say goodbye to theme parks and
splash zones, and say hello to theater,
music, history and more when you
include alternative entertainment
options in your itinerary. Spend the
evening at a world-famous stage, such
as the highly acclaimed Carolina Opry,
which offers award-winning variety
shows for adults. Or head to a historic
locale, such as the Bowery music hall,
which has entertained millions since
1944 with its Southern hospitality flair.
Fun fact: the Bowery is where the band
"Alabama" got its start.

Spring break months are ideal for
traveling, and even adults need a
getaway from the winter blues. With
these tips, you can plan your own
grown-up spring break and enjoy the
hidden gems of any destination.



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