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- The United Way of Columbia and Montour County’s free basic tax help to low and moderate-income residents in the community runs through tomorrow, April 4. This program will be held today from 2-6 p.m. and Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, located at 130 W. 3rd St., Bloomsburg (use the rear entrance). No appointments are necessary, only drop-offs and walk-ins will be accepted. For questions, call the United Way at 570-784-3134 or email, and see the flyer for additional information.
- Commonwealth Health – Berwick Hospital Center is presenting a free six-week educational series titled “Six Weeks to Better Health” running each Wednesday through April 17, from 12-1 p.m. at the Hospital’s Conference Room 1 and 2, located at 701 East 16th St., Berwick. The final session in the series will be held from 5-6 p.m. on April 17. Titles of the remaining sessions are: Solutions for Leg Pain and Swelling; Dealing with the Symptoms of Menopause; and Advanced Directives and Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST). For more information, see the flyer, and to RSVP, call 570-759-5337.
- Michael Mwenso and the Shakes will perform a unique blend of jazz, funk and soul on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.
The performance is free and tickets are not required. Mwenso and the Shakes are a unique troupe of global artists who present music that merges the highest form of entertainment and artistry, while commanding a formidable timeline of jazz and blues expression through African and Afro American music. Hailing from Sierra Leone, London, South Africa, Greenwich Village in New York City, Madagascar, France, Jamaica and Hawaii, the members of The Shakes now call Harlem, N.Y., their home.
- Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble will join forces with members of the Bucknell University Choirs to present James Kallembach’s new oratorio Antigone: the Writings of Sophie Scholl on Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. The performance is free and tickets are not required. In the first half of the performance, Lorelei Ensemble will present choral works by John Luther Adams, Maggie Payne, David Lang and Pavel Chesnokov. After intermission, the vocal ensemble will perform James Kallembach’s new oratorio for treble choir and cello quartet Antigone: the Writings of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose Movement.
- The Northwest Susquehanna Chapter of Credit Unions, of which Service 1st Federal Credit Union is a part of, recently made a donation of $515 to Camp Victory, which provides a variety of overnight camp opportunities for children and adults with disabilities and illness.
During a December Chapter gathering, a Chinese auction was held to benefit Camp Victory. Each year, the Chapter selects a charity to receive the funds raised from their end of the year event.
- SUEZ recently completed its $9.5 million acquisition of the water and wastewater systems in Mahoning Township in Montour County, which adds 1,200 customers for its services. SUEZ officially began operations in Mahoning Township last week on March 29. SUEZ has also begun construction of an $8.5 million water transmission pipeline acros the six-mile area of Route 11 between Bloomsburg and Mahoning Township. The project will connect Mahoning to a state-of-the-art treatment facility that will provide high quality and reliable water service for years to come. In the meantime, SUEZ has committed approximately $500,000 in water and wastewater main replacements in the Mahoning systems in 2019 alone. Residents of Mahoning Township that have questions about billing or any other issues related to the change can call 888-299-8972.
- The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation recently welcomed three new members to the CSCF Board of Trustees: Richard Cashman, Jeff Hollenbach and John Thompson. Cashman served four terms as a district judge in Columbia County. Upon his retirement in 2009, he was appointed Senior Magisterial District Judge for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A native of Berwick, Dick has extensive community involvement, including leadership in the United Way, Communities that Care, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance, and D.A.R.E. Hollenbach is the Executive Vice President of the Susquehanna Community Bank in West Milton. He is a past Leadership Susquehanna Valley Board member, and currently serves on the Sunbury Area Community Foundation Board, the Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA Board, the Local Loan Review Committee, and the Local Development Corporation Board with SEDA-COG. Thompson is retired from the First Columbia Bank and Trust Co., where he was the Vice-President Senior Trust Officer, and the Bloomsburg Area YMCA, where he was the CEO. His current community involvement includes serving as the Chair of the Bloomsbug Area Community Foundation, Assistant to the Board of Directors of the Bloomsburg Fair, and Treasurer of the Husky Research Corporation.
- There will be a free showing of the 2018 documentary about the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, titled Won’t you be my Neighbor, on Tuesday, April 23, from 7-9 p.m., at the Berwick Theatre and Center for Community Arts, located at 110 Front St., Berwick. This event is being presented by the United Way of Columbia and Montour County. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
- PA CareerLink Columbia/Montour Counties will host its annual job fair on Thursday, May 2, from 1-5 p.m. at Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School, located at 5050 Swpeenheiser Dr., Bloomsburg. The entire event is open to both the general public and students. Employers interested in attending as an exhibitor/vendor should register online. For more information, see the flyer.