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The Town of Bloomsburg, the only incorporated town in Pennsylvania, is located 40 miles southwest of Wilks-Barre, Pennsylvania. It has a total of 4.7 square miles and is home to more than 14,000 people. Along the Town, runs the mighty Susquehanna River. The Town of Bloomsburg has become unwillingly familiar with the river due to countless flooding events. As far back as 1902, the town has been recording the levels of flood water that have majorly impacted the town. In 2011 when Tropical Storm Lee caused flooding that reached record high levels of 32.75 feet and it turned the town upside down. This heart wrenching event caused an estimated $100 million dollars in damages to the town’s people. People lost priceless valuables such as pictures, jewelry and other sentimental items that can never be replaced. Homes were washed off their foundations. Vehicles were damaged beyond repair. The iconic Bloomsburg Fair was cancelled for the first time in history. Local business Autoneum, sustained over $60 million in damages. Since the historic flood of 2011, Bloomsburg Town officials have been working diligently to create measures that can prevent that amount of damage again. The Town of Bloomsburg has been working with SEDA-COG to build a floodwall around the outside of town to prevent floodwaters from entering the town. Over 100 homes, 30 businesses, the Bloomsburg’s Fire Department, the Bloomsburg’s Public Works Department, and the Bloomsburg Area Middle and High Schools will all be served by this project. The anticipated cost to fund this project is $17 million. The Town of Bloomsburg will be using $10.2 million of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds to pay for the project’s costs. Bloomsburg Area Middle and High School will
The Town of Bloomsburg participates in the National Flood Insurance Program developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Bloomsburg became part of the Community Rating System (CRS) in 1993.
What is CRS? — The Community Rating System is a voluntary program for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) participating communities. The goals of the CRS are to reduce flood damages to insurable property, strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NFIP, and encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management.
Bloomsburg is one of only 29 communities in Pennsylvania currently active in the CRS program. Bloomsburg’s community identification number is 420339. This identification is important, as it allows any insurance agent that sells federally backed flood insurance policies to automatically apply a discount to the policy.
How does this benefit Town residents? — The Communities classification is based upon the credit points calculation. Currently, the Town of Bloomsburg is a Class 8 in the CRS program, which provides a 5% flood insurance policy discount to anyone in the Town and specifically, all policies for properties that are in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), receive a 10% premium discount. This applies to only NFIP policies, not private insurance policies.
FOR COMPLETE LISTING OF FLOOD INFORMATION: WWW.BLOOMSBURGPA.ORG CLICK THE FLOOD DAMAGE REDUCTION BUTTON ON THE TOP RIGHT.
This message is part of the Town’s Flood Task Force program for community outreach. Get informed on how flooding in Bloomsburg can affect you. Check out the flood information available on the Town website www.bloomsburgpa.org
The Bloomsburg Community Garden, located along Ferry Road across from the Bloomsburg Municipal Airport, is a collaborative green space providing its participants, who may not have suitable yards of their own, a place to grow fresh produce, flowers, and other plants. This group of local gardeners tends individually assigned plots and shares in the maintenance of the site. This year plots are available in 2 different sizes, Small plots (10×24) are $10.00 for the whole season, and large plots (20×24) are $20.00 for the whole season. The garden land is owned by the Town of Bloomsburg, which gave permission for its use as a garden in 2006. A Garden Committee, made up of member-gardeners, carries out all necessary operations. The Garden Committee strives to educate members and the community at large, foster appreciation for the benefits of gardening, and to promote the Bloomsburg Community Garden as a unique resource for organic and sustainable gardening through workshops, publications, and social activities. To become an active member in the Bloomsburg Community Garden please contact Matthew Perakovich at [email protected]
Picture this, you take a trip to your local grocery store to buy food. What do you buy? Do you buy fresh fruits and vegetables? Or, chicken or beef? Milk and eggs? These items and many more are products of farming. Scientists can trace the act of farming all the way back to 9000 B.C. Farming can produce a large amount of product, which is usually sold to grocery stores around the nation. Farming can also be produced on a smaller scale, which are usually grown for families and local farmers markets. There are thousands of farmers markets all across America, including our downtown Bloomsburg. Annually, from the end of May to the end of October, vendors such as Ponduce Farms, Cramer’s Valley View Growers, Stillwater Canning Company, and many others, sell their home grown and homemade products in our Market Square. Bloomsburg residents and visitors from other towns come to the Bloomsburg Farmers Market to purchase fresh products such as fruits, vegetables, baked goods, fresh meat, eggs, and other farmed products. This year the Bloomsburg Farmers Market will be open on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Opening day is May 26th and will run until October 30th. Make sure you stop by to support your local farmers.
When: Saturday: 12 May
Breakfast: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Pig Roast: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
FAA Safety Seminar: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Presenter: Mr. Al Hubler –
Title: The “A” “B” “C”’s of ATC
Highly experienced, retired Air Traffic Controller (and ATP) will tell us about how things work on the other end of the comm radio. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about the system that is so important to safe flying!
To Register: https://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=82794&caller=/SPANS/events/EventList.aspx?zip=17815&rad=10• Possibly some Craft Vendors too! / Join us for a fun-filled day!
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