Bloomsburg Nationals Will Result in Main Street Closure Aug. 10

The annual Bloomsburg Nationals car show will be held next week, from Aug. 10-13 at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. The event’s Gridlock on Main Street, which will kick off the event on Thursday, Aug. 10, will result in Main St. in Bloomsburg being closed from 6-8 p.m. to accommodate the festivities. Main St. will reopen at 8 p.m., with the cars cruising to Quaker Steak & Lube in Buckhorn to continue the event from 8-10 p.m. 

More information on Bloomsburg Nationals, including a complete schedule, is available on its website or Facebook page. 

New Mobile Career Center, The Link, Debuts in Columbia County

(l-r) Dean Girton, Girton Manufacting and Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board member; Donna Eyerly, CareerLink business services rep; Michael Baron, CareerLink; Fred Gaffney, president, Columbia Montour Chamber; Julia Dwilet, CareerLink; Megan Bair, CareerLink; Melissa Amato, CareerLink; Wendy Gearhart, CareerLink; Kelly Johnson, Link outreach coordinator; Robert Eddy, Link outreach coordinator; Stacie Snyder, CareerLink site administrator; Mark Gardner, chair, Columbia Montour Chamber Board of Directors

The Columbia Montour Chamber stopped by the Columbia/Montour PA CareerLink office in Bloomsburg on Monday, July 31 in the middle of its public open house and conducted a ribbon cutting for The Link, PA CareerLink’s new mobile career center. 

The Link is operated by Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc. and will provide services to Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties. Its schedule will include recurring stops, as well as time for special events like recruitments, job fairs and other community events. To see its latest schedule of stops, visit The Link’s Facebook page. If your organization in interested in scheduling The Link for a special event, contact Kelly Johnson, The Link’s outreach coordinator, at 570-220-0003, by email, or send a message on Facebook. 

New Danville Housing Development Groundbreaking on Aug. 9

From T-Ross Brothers Construction

More luxury townhomes are coming to Danville along the Susquehanna River.  A groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Aug. 9 to kick off construction of Phase Two of Jacobs Landing, presented by Villager Realty

The upscale residential community is located on the north bank of the Susquehanna River.  The homes are just upstream of the site of the historic ferryboat, operated by Jacob Gearhart beginning in the early 1800’s.  Gearhart’s ferry was vital to commerce in this region of the Susquehanna River Valley. 

In this next phase of construction, eight additional brownstone units will be added along with eight riverfront condominiums, in a total of three buildings. This adds to the existing 12 homes at Jacobs Landing. The primary design-build contractor for the project is T-Ross Brothers Construction Inc.

Jacobs Landing enjoys spectacular views of the Susquehanna River from every one of the new condominiums. Downtown Danville is a five-minute walk from Jacobs Landing, with Geisinger Medical Center just a five-minute drive away.

The groundbreaking ceremony at Jacobs Landing Way in Danville will take place Aug. 9 at 1 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.  Those scheduled to attend include representatives from the Columbia Montour Chamber, the Danville Business Alliance, T-Ross Brothers Construction Inc. and Villager Realty.  The public and press are encouraged to attend. 

Third Annual Taste of the Valley Seeks Food, Catering and Beverage Vendors

The third annual Taste of the Valley will provide patrons with samples of local food and beverages from the areas top farms, wineries, breweries and restaurants. This annual fall event, which began in 2015, is primarily a fundraiser to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, but it also offers an opportunity for businesses in the food and beverage industry to have their products featured in front of a large audience ― all for a good cause. 

After being held in Lewisburg and Sunbury in its first two years, Taste of the Valley will be held in Columbia County this year at Ponduce Farms, 270 White Church Rd., Elysburg, on Sunday, Oct. 15,  from 12-3 p.m., as it attempts to highlight businesses in Columbia and Montour Counties. The event is now seeking vendors. There is no cost for vendors to participate. For more information or to register as a vendor, download a vendor information form, visit Taste of the Valley’s Facebook page, or call Sharon at AgChoice Farm Credit at 570-524-2204 or email

CPWDC announces launch of The Link, a new mobile career center serving the Central PA region

From CPWDC

Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC) is excited to announce the launch of The Link, a new mobile career center serving the Central PA region. The Link is staffed with expert professionals ready to help businesses find talent and help job seekers find opportunities right for them. Outfitted with seven computers, internet, a printer, presentation screen, and ADA accessibility, The Link offers state-of-the art technology. This career center on wheels is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania and will travel to neighborhoods across Central PA expanding the reach of PA CareerLink® services to jobseekers and businesses.

The Link offers a variety of services for jobseekers including but not limited to career guidance, assistance with searching and applying for jobs, resume and cover letter review, and work readiness workshops and training provided by workforce professionals. The Link will serve businesses by assisting with recruitment and job fair events and can be available for onsite, company training. The Link is also available for Rapid Response events aimed at helping recently laid-off employees get back to work quickly. 

“This new vehicle allows us to take the professional career services available at the PA CareerLink® beyond the walls of the Central PA CareerLink® offices to serve communities and individuals we sometimes have a hard time reaching,” says Erica Mulberger, Executive Director of CPWDC. “CPWDC recognizes that traveling to one of the six PA CareerLink® offices in the region can be a challenge for individuals living in rural communities, and The Link is our way of reducing that barrier to help more individuals find employment. I encourage companies searching for new talent and individuals looking for employment to check out what The Link has to offer,” stated Ms. Mulberger.

Interior of The Link

The Link is operated by Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc. and will provide services to Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties. The Link schedule will include recurring stops, as well as time for special events like recruitments, job fairs and other community happenings. For the latest schedule of The Link, please visit @TheLinkMCC on Facebook. To schedule The Link for your job fair, event, or location please call Kelly Johnson, Link Outreach Coordinator, at 570-220-0003 or send a message on Facebook.

The Link is made possible thanks to a Community Based Partnership grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and ongoing support from CPWDC.

The Chamber will hold a ribbon cutting at The Link next Monday, July 31, at noon at the PA CareerLink Columbia/Montour office at 415 Central Rd., Bloomsburg.