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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.

In Berwick, Little Pantries Make Big Difference

BERWICK, Pa. -- The Berwick Area United Way hopes to make a big difference with a little project. There are outdoor pantries all around Berwick with food, clothing, and hygiene products for people in need.
Over the past few months, they have been popping up all over Berwick. They are part of a project called Little Free Pantries. The donation posts are places where people can give or take what they need.

Home in Columbia County Damaged by Flames

GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Fire heavily damaged a home in Columbia County Monday morning.
It started just before 10 a.m. in the home on Route 254 in Greenwood Township, near Benton.
A woman and her dog were at home but were able to get out safely.
Firefighters said the fire did not appear to be suspicious. A state police fire marshal will investigate the cause.

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.

Old Oil Pumping Station Now Sustainable B&B

BEAVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Tucked away in a wooded area of Beaver Township, you'll find a quaint bed-and-breakfast called The Pump House, a place where you can wake up to the sound of a rooster and look out your window to find yourself surrounded by nature.
"Where people could experience the history and the past but also enjoy knowing that all the facilities, all the parts of the property, are sustainable for the most part," Doug Hopkins explained.

Teen Helping Women’s Center Collect Phones for Domestic Violence Victims

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- According to the Women's Center of Columbia and Montour Counties, every year, 7.5 million people are stalked in the United States.
That startling statistic caught the attention of 13-year-old Bella Gonzalez Jenkins, an eighth-grader at Danville Middle School. She decided to offer her help to the Women's Center in Bloomsburg.
"I always wanted to do something to help people, so I thought that I could do this because cell phones, everybody needs cell phones," Bella said.

One dead, one injured after Columbia County crash

(WBRE/WYOU) — One person is dead and another was taken to the hospital after a one-vehicle crash in the 700 block of Green Creek Road in Jackson Township, Columbia County.

According to state police, Victoria Dawson of Benton, Pennsylvania, died of her injuries at the scene after the BMW sedan she was riding in traveled off the road and struck a tree Tuesday morning around 10:30 a.m.

The operator, Jason Musselman of Benton, Pennsylvania, was taken to Geisinger Medical Center with extensive injuries.

Justice for Kaiser

SUGARLOAF TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- It was a happy ending for a family whose dog was shot and killed last month in Columbia County.
The family was recently given a new dog related to their beloved German Shepherd.
Jan Watts and his wife Kathy had no intention of getting another dog after their beloved Kaiser was shot and killed in the woods by their house near Benton. But then they met another puppy. She's actually related to Kaiser.
"We just fell in love with her immediately," Watts said.

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