- Rock God Brewing and Service 1st Federal Credit Union will host a special release party this Thursday, July 5, from 3:30-9 p.m. for a specially-brewed beer, Duck Duck Goose, that will benefit Service 1st’s seventh annual Charity Duck Derby. Duck Duck Goose is a vanilla coconut IPA brewed special for this cause, and $1 of each pint sold will be donated to this year’s Derby, which will be held on Aug. 4 at 1 p.m. and this year will benefit three local organizations: Geisinger’s Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute, the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and the ThinkBIG Pediatric Cancer Fund. On Thursday, the event will also feature a food truck and live music by a local artist from 5-7 p.m.
- Bloomsburg University and Bigfoot Country recently announced that Bigfoot Country 106.5 (FM) will broadcast all Huskies’ football games, home and away, during the 2018 season. Bigfoot Country is owned and operated by Seven Mountains Media. In addition to the airing of all 11 football games, including pre-game shows, head coach Paul Darragh will join the Morning Lookout show each Friday morning during the season to talk about the upcoming game. Bigfoot Country will also incorporate student involvement, giving opportunities to BU students for hands-on experience as it relates to the processes and structuring of live radio event broadcasts. Following the football season, promotional activity will continue into the basketball season as head women’s basketball coach Alison Tagliaferri and head men’s basketball coach John Sanow will join the Morning Lookout show every Monday morning during their seasons to preview the week ahead. BU will also have the ability for numerous additional live promotional announcements on Bigfoot Country, allowing for the opportunity to talk about other varsity programs on campus including coverage of the women’s volleyball program that will embark on its first varsity season this fall. All broadcasts of BU football during the 2018 season will also be available via Bigfoot Country’s online stream. Additional announcements on the broadcast team for Huskies football as well as radio information for BU basketball will be made at a later time.
- Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg recently welcomed a new pastor. Rev. Mark F. Reisinger comes to the church after serving congregations in Williamsport, Mechanicsburg and most recently, Lewisburg. He is originally from Perry County and has degrees from Southern Methodist University and Duck University’s Divinity School. Worship services at Wesley UMC are each Sunday at 8 and 10:30 a.m.
- AGAPE recently received a $20,000 grant from the Berwick Health & Wellness Fund, the original and largest fund of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation. This grant will supplement AGAPE’s Life Challenges program, which assists poor clients who have been responsible with their money but due to circumstances beyond their control, need financial assistance to help meet monthly bills or unexpected needs. The Berwick Health & Wellness Fund also provided an additional $10,000 to help purchase food backpacks for kids from low-income homes in the area. Two other funds run through the CSCF also donated funds to AGAPE. The Benton Youth in Philanthropy fund donated $1,000 to the Life Challenges program, while the Central Columbia Youth in Philanthropy gave $500 for the backpack program.
(Note: Both AGAPE and the CSCF will host Chamber Business After Hours later this year, AGAPE on Aug. 29 and CSCF on Nov. 14)
- The Borough of Danville’s summer newsletter is now available. It has an update on the Borough’s water distribution system as well as information on all of the events occurring throughout the summer in Danville.
- Community Options, Inc., a provider of residential and employment support to people with disabilities, is seeking individuals interested in serving on a new business advisory committee for Community Options’ Bloomsburg office. Community Options’ mission is to promote the integration of persons with disabilities within the communities in which they reside, enabling them to become viable and contributing neighbors, employees and citizens of the community. The purpose of this committee is to discuss and implement ways to help the organization better integrate into the community and bridge the gap between the community and the individuals it serves. If you may be interested in serving on this committee, or for questions, contact associate executive director David McConaghy at 570-638-6007 or email. The next committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 26 at noon at Community Options’ Bloomsburg office, located at 1117 Old Berwick Rd.
- If you’ve ever wanted to take the Millennium Falcon into hyperspace, stand beneath a 15-foot AT-AT walker, or tour an Ewok village, come to LCBC Church Columbia-Montour any weekend in July. This month, all LCBC campuses throughout Central Pennsylvania transform their space into movie sets and this year the Columbia-Montour campus, located at 2421 Columbia Blvd., Bloomsburg, will be featuring Star Wars. Experience life-size, interactive movie scenes beginning at 6 p.m. each weekend throughout the month of July. Attendees will be able to: Take photos with Darth Vader, stormtroopers, Princess Leia or racing speeders through the forest of Endor; test drive from the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon; see a 15-foot-high animated AT-AT and walk through an Ewok village; and converse with a life-size R2D2 and interact with BB-8! For more information, contact LCBC Church at 570-784-2132.
- The Bloomsburg Public Library will be holding a “Country Fair” on Saturday, July 14, to help kick off Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s production of Charlotte’s Web, and is looking for a large popcorn machine to use for this event. If you or your organization has one available and would be willing to loan it to the Bloomsburg Public Library to use on this date, please contact Lydia Kegler, library director, at 570-784-0883 or email. The library is also looking for carnival type games that could be set up inside the children’s library or possibly outside in the parking lot.
- The Bucknell SBDC will host its annual Celebration of Small Business breakfast, which will also mark a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Bucknell SBDC, on Monday, July 16, from 8-10 a.m. at the Elaine Langone Center’s Terrace Room on the 2nd floor on the Bucknell campus. Business owners, legislators, economic development partners and startup enthusiasts are invited to join the SBDC for breakfast to recognize the entrepreneurs and leaders of the region. Special presentations will include the U.S. Small Business Association Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Eastern PA, the Product Innovator of the Year and the Charles H. Coder Entrepreneurial Leadership Award, named for the Bucknell SBDC’s founding director. Register online or call 570-577-1249.
- Bloomsburg University will present an exhibition of photos from a soldier who served in the Vietnam War. Titled “Blaine Cooper: Images From a Local Soldier in Vietnam,” the exhibition will take place on Friday, July 27, from 6-8 p.m. in the Gallery at the Greenly Center, located at 50 E. Main St. in downtown Bloomsburg. This event is free and open to the public, and complimentary light refreshments will be provided. Cooper will then be part of a speakers’ panel from 6:30-8 p.m. For more information regarding this event, contact Bob Heckrote, Office of Military and Veterans’ Resources, at 570-389-4696 or email, or graduate assistant Briann Halpin at 570-389-3858 or email.
- Looking to showcase your business to students at Bucknell while also getting some free consulting work? Bucknell is launching a new pre-orientation program, Design-Thinking Leadership (DTL), providing an opportunity for your business to connect with Bucknell’s newest students. Student teams in the DTL program will formulate actionable solutions to real-world problems posed by local business owners. The program, which runs Aug. 10-14, is seeking 4 -5 business owners to speak with students and present a problem or opportunity in their business. During the next two days student teams will conceptualize, research, and refine a solution; and then pitch to the business owner at the end of the program. This is a perfect opportunity to showcase your business, make lasting connections with students, and benefit from fresh perspectives and ideas. If interested in participating in this program as a business owner, submit this Google form, and for questions, contact Bucknell SBDC director Steve Stumbris at 570-577-1249 or email.