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Flood insurance is never a fun topic, especially for many of us along the Susquehanna river. Did you know that all residents in the Town of Bloomsburg can save money on flood insurance premiums regardless of what insurance agent sells the policy?Know what is covered in your flood insurance policy. Most mortgage holders only require structural coverage for loans. Regular home owner’s insurance does not coverage flooding. Want to know if your property is in the floodplain Check out the links below for current map and a look at the pending FEMA map changes.
To view the current FEMA flood insurance map check out the map service center at https//msc.fema.gov/portal. For information on FEMAs projected map changes contact the Code Enforcement office 570-784-7703 or view the Best Available Data map on the Town’s website at bloomsburgpa.org/flood.
There are two types of coverage. Mortgage companies only require structural coverage. STRUCTURAL coverage covers everything that stays with a house when it is sold including the furnace, cabinets, built in appliances and wall to wall carpeting. CONTENTS coverage covers furniture and other personal possessions except for money/valuable papers and the like.
ANYONE CAN PURCHASE FLOOD INSURANCE — RENTERS CAN BUY CONTENTS COVERAGE EVEN IF THE OWNER DOES NOT BUY STRUCTURAL COVERAGE.
The Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation was created in 1996 by the Bloomsburg Town Council. The initial funds for the Foundation were created by the interest payments which the Town of Bloomsburg received from a loan made to Magee Industrial Enterprises Inc. with monies which the Town received as part of an Urban Development Action Grant from the Federal Government.
Since then the Board of Directors, composed of representatives from varied organizations and governmental entities (Town Council and the Bloomsburg Area School District) has made annual grants to worthy applicants within the greater Bloomsburg area with the goal of helping to enrich the lives of area residents whether through funding for a soup kitchen, a little league backstop, to educational supplies and programs provided by the Columbia County Child Development Program, the Columbia County Historical Society, and the Children’s Museum.
Since 1998 the Foundation has made 140 awards totaling over $181,503.45.
If you are interested in applying for a grant from the BACF please click on the application below:
2018 BACF GRANT APPLICATION
Applications are being accepted no later than May 25, 2018. The applications can be returned to:
Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation
c/o Hummel, Lewis & Smith, LLP
3 E. Fifth Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
**Please note no applications hand delivered or postmarked after May 25, 2018 will be accepted**
Bloomsburg– As a reminder the Town of Bloomsburg Norris E. Rock Memorial Pool located at the corner of Ft. McClure and Catherine Streets will not open in 2018.
The Town of Bloomsburg remains committed to the plan laid out in 2016, which was to keep the pool open for the 2017 season and kick off a citizen group to fundraise for the future pool renovation and repairs.
A 501C nonprofit pool fundraising committee was established under the Town Park Improvement Association to spearhead the project. This citizen led group meets regularly on the second Wednesday of every month at Town Hall. The group has met with a design company and has even paid for artistic renderings of a remodeled pool based upon the public input it received. A concept that includes adding a zero-entrance walk-in area that also has an ADA compliant ramp and many added features such as water spouts and play features.
The Town of Bloomsburg, in January of 2018 was approved for $200,000 for a Pool Renovation grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. This award requires matching funds of $200,000 to be secured. The grant funds are good for four years. The grant funds and matching contribution are still well short of the projected cost to renovate and repair the pool. A design company prepared plans for a renovated pool with the added features at an estimated cost of $950,000.
The Town invites everyone interested in the future of the Norris E. Rock Memorial Pool to come to the council work session for a public forum and input. All citizen who wish to provide input should contact Bobbi Erlston at (570) 784-7703 to be added to a list. The meeting will occur
Bloomsburg Municipal Airport
March 3, 2018
8:00am – 12:00pm
Open to the Public!
No Fee but Donations are Appreciated!
Please come join us.
CONTACT: Oren B. Helbok, 570-317-2596, [email protected]
Bloomsburg – Monday, the 22nd of January, 2018
5th annual Destination Blues Music Festival coming up over Presidents Weekend
On February 16th, 17th, and 18th, 2018, Columbia and Montour Counties will heat up with the 5th annual Destination Blues Music Festival, “Your Winter Blues Heaven on Route 11”, produced by The Exchange. Over those three days, 35 performances will take place at 18 venues in Berwick, Bloomsburg and Danville, with more than 90 musicians. Our two-county region makes its mark on the Blues map!
The Festival’s main event, on Saturday the 17th, will take place at the Caldwell Consistory on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg and will feature Victor Wainwright & The Train. Victor has won the Blues Music Association’s Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award and lights up stages wherever he goes. Six other bands will perform at the landmark Consistory that afternoon and evening, starting at 3 p.m.: Vanessa Collier, Mississippi Heat, Ursula Ricks, Bobby Kyle & The Administers, Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen, and the Uptown Music Collective’s 3rd Street Blues – once again this year’s Young Artists. Guests will enjoy locally-made food and drink as well as local vendors, and buses will run between the Consistory and participating hotels throughout the event.
For $25 advance tickets to Saturday’s main event, visit DestinationBlues.org; tickets will cost $30 at the door. Children 12 and under do not require a ticket and get in free.
On Sunday the 19th, the largest church sanctuary in Bloomsburg, at Wesley United Methodist, will host a FREE Gospel Blues performance by the Dave Keyes Gospel Revue, featuring Beareather Reddy and J.T. Bowen, along with a local choir. Dave Keyes has played with many great artists, including Odetta, David
Bloomsburg Municipal Airport / N13
Free Ground School:
(First come first serve)
6 Week Course
Begins: 1 February 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Airport Terminal Building
To make a reservation for this course, please email me at: [email protected]
The following is a note from your CFII instructor, Dr. Phil Polstra, regarding materials needed for the ground school and where to source them.
This Private Pilot Handbook is Required:
Rod Machado’s Private Pilot Handbook 2nd edition from 2008. They can buy the book directly from Rod Machado using my affiliate link http://rodmachado.com/?aff=151
FAR/AIM (optional) – it is all online but some prefer to have a paper book
New York Sectional chart (optional) – if they are doing flight training they will likely need one of these or an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB)
Plotter(optional) – if they are doing flight training they will likely need this as well
E6B flight computer(optional) – paper or electronic, there are also apps available for smart phones
I would recommend any rotating plotter (though we will cover both). The cheapest one on Amazon should be fine. I found this one.
For an E6B it is up to the student as far as what they prefer. If they get a cheap paper one it should be fine. If they want to commit to an electronic one I like Sporty’s which is also $15 cheaper than alternatives. For most I would recommend the cheap paper one and they can drop the $60 for the electronic one if they actually pursue the flight training later.
SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) has negotiated a group price for engineering/survey services to complete and issue FEMA Elevation Certificates to interested home-owners. This program is slated to end in April.
SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG), in cooperation with Pennsylvania Representative David Millard, has negotiated a group price for engineering/survey services to complete and issue FEMA Elevation Certificates for inter-ested homeowners in the Town of Bloomsburg who reside within the 100-year floodplain (Zone AE). The cost is $450.00, prepaid to SEDA-COG. There are no income restrictions applied to this program.
The National Flood Insurance Program has gone through significant changes with the 2012 Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act and the 2014 Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act. These reforms mean that policy holders with subsidized pre-FIRM or grandfathered rates may see premium rate increases until FEMA deems that the flood insurance cost is based on the true flood risk to that property.
BLOOMSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT – PARKING ENFORCEMENT
PRESS RELEASE: November 10, 2017
DOWNTOWN PARKING PERMITS – Valid January 1, 2018 – June 30, 2018
When: Downtown Parking Permits for NEW permit holders will go on sale Monday, December 4, 2017 (Permits not valid until 1/1/18)
Current permit holders may purchase them on November 28, 29, 30, Dec., 1, 2017.
(Must have old permit and all the following listed below to purchase a permit)
Where: Bloomsburg Parking Enforcement Station, Town Hall, 301 E 2nd Street
Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
Downtown Residents must bring:Proof of residency (signed full lease or current utility bill with permit holders name and address on it.) Lease must have dates of lease and be signed by landlord. Vehicle Registration Card Photo ID
Student residents must be present to purchase their permits. Student residents may not purchase for other students. Parents may purchase for students unable to come.
Downtown Employees must bring:Vehicle registration card Photo ID Completed application
Permits are sold by Zones. You may only park in the zone purchased.
Zone B ($125) Lightstreet Road/North Street
Zone C ($185) Diner – Tri Lot
Zone D ($185) East Pine Ave Lot
Zone E ($185) Pine Ave Lot
Zone F ($125) Employee Lot (next to St. Columba Church)
Zone G ($185) Library Lot
Zone H ($150) North Market Street (north of W Ridge Ave)
Zone I ($150) West Pine Ave Lot (behind Post Office)
Zone J ($125) Hoppes Lot
Click here to view the flyer:
Fly-In/Drive-In/Walk-In Breakfast for Donation
Breakfast at N13, on
Sunday, Oct. 29th is
8:00 AM until Noon
Homeowners should apply now
Half-a-million dollars is available only for a short time to rehabilitate houses for Bloomsburg homeowners.
If the rehabilitation work by the Town of Bloomsburg and SEDA-Council of Governments’ (SEDA-COG) Housing Program isn’t contracted by the end of November, the remaining $500,000 of the $1 million HOME grant will be returned to the state.
Because it takes several months to contract the work, those interested need to apply now.
Repairs are free for income-qualifying homeowners in the Town of Bloomsburg. Repairs may be considered to include structural, plumbing, heating, and electrical work. This includes improvements for mobility-impaired residents.
If applying homeowners live in the flood zone, they must have flood insurance.
Lifelong Bloomsburg resident Ray “Dune” Bauman III said the cost of flood insurance was worth it compared to the repairs he received.
“I look around at what they’ve done, and it’s spectacular,” Bauman said. “I’m glad I’m in the position I’m at now, as to where I was before.”
His windows were cracked and weren’t sealing properly. Now repaired, they save him a significant amount of money in heating over the winter. New front and back doors were installed.
But most importantly for him, a handicap-accessible bathroom shower and a backdoor ramp were built – plus, the backdoor was widened.
Simply being able to walk, or just get out, of the door is an act most don’t consider a luxury. But to Bauman, it’s the world.
Bauman has a mobility-impaired genetic disorder.
Indoors, he can use a walker. Outside, he uses what he calls an electric cart – a three-wheeled, battery-charged scooter – so the new ramp allows him to drive his cart from his house to his driveway. He can put his cart on his truck and experience freedom.
The freedom is excruciatingly