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Changes at the Bloomsburg Fair

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- The Bloomsburg Fairgrounds are almost unrecognizable in January without all the vendors and crowds. But it takes more than one week a year to run the largest fair in Pennsylvania, and people were there working on this January day.
After nine years as president of the Bloomsburg Fair, Paul Reichart officially retired over the weekend.
"I wanted to go out on a high note. I came in during the flood era and now we are financially very stable. We got a lot accomplished in those nine years that I feel very good about," Reichart said.

Electrical Problem Causes House Fire in Bloomsburg

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Fire officials say an electrical problem caused a house to go up in flames in Columbia County
The fire sparked at the home along 5th Street in Bloomsburg just before 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.
The fire chief believes a faulty breaker may be the culprit, saying the entire breaker was melted.
The family and their pets were not home at the time of the fire.

A Spectacle of Science Hits Bloomsburg Children’s Museum

The Bloomsburg Children's Museum will soon look a lot more like Einstein's Playhouse.
The nonprofit museum in Columbia County is gearing up for its sixth annual science fair which Newswatch 16's Ryan Leckey highlighted on Tuesday.
It's for area students in grades seven through 12.
Pre-registration is required. Click here to sign up today. A confirmation email will be sent when the registration form is successfully submitted.
The actual event takes place Thursday, January 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the museum. The snow date is Thursday, January 23, 2020.

Digital Exclusive: Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Awarded Grant

BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The Children’s Museum in Bloomsburg will see some major changes later this year. The museum recently received more than grant $80,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. That money will go towards giving the museum a fresh start.

“Most of our exhibits were created in early 2000s and every now and again you want to refresh and re-invent, and also update content to reflect current standards,” Ginny Weibel, the Director of the museum, said.

Washing Away 2019 with a ‘Polar Shower’

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- The first year for a New Year's Day celebration in Bloomsburg did not go exactly as planned, but the message was still the same. For folks who participated, the best way to ring in 2020 is to wash away 2019.
"We want good luck for 2020," said Samantha Scoblink, Berwick.
It was supposed to be a Polar Plunge into the Susquehanna River, but plans had to change because of safety concerns. Officials decided the water was too high and too fast.

Ideas for Holiday Cookie Leftovers

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- If leftover Christmas cookies are still taking over your kitchen counters, Newswatch 16's Ryan Leckey has a quick creative way to use up those sweet treats.
Whether they're coated with icing, dunked in chocolate or spattered with sprinkles, they're plenty of leftover cookies hanging around our house, especially the day after Christmas.
Instead of letting them go stale, Newswatch 16 teamed up with some registered dietitians at Weis Markets in Bloomsburg for some ideas.

Cold Weather Cravings: How to Cut Calories on Your Comfort Foods

It's the time of year when the days are shorter, and the air is usually pretty frigid.
Combine these elements, along with the plethora of holiday parties, and it's no wonder why so many of us crave more comfort foods during the cold weather.
Turns out, there's some science to back up these biological feelings.
Newswatch 16's Ryan Leckey served up the scoop on this topic on Friday from Bloomsburg with registered dietitians at Weis Markets.
The following tips and recipes are courtesy of Weis Markets registered dietitians Kathryn Long and Beth Stark:

Letter to Santa Leads Postal Worker to Family in Need

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- As you well know, Santa gets a lot of mail. So, Melissa Stinsman at the Bloomsburg Post Office helps him sort through it.
She makes sure all the letters with children's Christmas lists get from the Bloomsburg to the North Pole.
Recently, Stinsman noticed one list included gifts that couldn't be found in Santa’s workshop.
"He said, I'm going to star the most important things, and food and clothes for the family were the ones he starred,” Stinsman of the Bloomsburg Post Office said.

Man Wanted After Firing Gun in Bloomsburg

BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Police in Columbia County are searching for a man after they say he fired shots in his home and took off from police.

According to the release, Bloomsburg Police are looking for Michael Phillip Albert. They say around 7:30 p.m. Monday night Albert fired shots inside his residence on Franklin Street and then fled from officers in a red Dodge Challenger.

Police found the vehicle but there was no sign of Albert. He is considered armed and dangerous and the public should not approach him.

Man Wanted for Firing Shots into Bloomsburg Home

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. --   Bloomsburg police are investigating shots fired, and the person who pulled the trigger is on the run.
Officers say Michael Albert opened fire inside his house on Franklin Street just before 7 p.m. on Monday and then fled in a Dodge Challenger.
Police found the car but not Albert.
If you see him, call 9-1-1 in Columbia County.


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