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    Don’t be alarmed: Pennsylvania nuclear plant to test sirens

      DELTA, Pa. (AP) – Residents near a central Pennsylvania nuclear power plant shouldn’t worry if they hear sirens this week.   Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station on the Susquehanna River is testing its sirens Wednesday at 1 p.m. says the three-minute blast is a semi-annual test by the plant’s owner, Exelon Generation.   The test won’t include activating the Emergency Broadcast System, which would happen in a real emergency.   Peach Bottom’s system includes 97 sirens in a 10-mile radius around the two-unit nuclear plant. It is located about 50 miles south of Harrisburg, near the Maryland border.

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    Valley developer sentenced to probation

                LEWISBURG – A convicted Union County developer was back in court Monday. Ted A. Cresswell entered a plea deal related to charges he forged a signature to collect his mother’s life insurance policy. After pleading guilty to one count of forgery, Cresswell was sentenced to 36 months probation and 100 hours of community service by Lycoming County Judge Dudley Anderson. The 59-year-old is already serving 11 ½ to 23 months in jail following a guilty plea to deceptive business practices. Cresswell took money from investors for a West Buffalo Township storage facility that was never built. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $150,000 in that case. Cresswell…

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    Toys for Tots train running through The Valley

    NORTHUMBERLAND – A train full of toys will soon be making its way through The Valley. Members of the North American Railcar Operators Association will travel from Northumberland to Berwick collecting donations for Toys For Tots along the way. The railcars are the small ‘speeder’ railcars which hold two or more people and were used by rail work crews. They’re now collectibles. Larry Maynard coordinates the event and says they expect a big train of railcars for the event Saturday, December 5, “We could conceivably end up with 30 to 35, or even more, cars. It’s going to be quite a spectacle.” The railcars leave from the North Shore Railroad office around 8:30a.m and will…

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    Work continues on a state budget

    HARRISBURG – Legislators in Harrisburg are back to work on a budget deal as the impasse approaches its sixth month. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled legislature say they expect final budget legislation to emerge for votes this week. Wolf’s original budget proposal called for a nine percent increase in spending, a $3.2 billion package to reduce school property tax bills and a new $426 million-a-year rent rebate for those earning $50,000 or less. At this point, it appears lawmakers are settling on a spending plan of about $30.75 billion, up about six percent, but without any reduction in school property tax bills or an expansion of rent rebates. The governor has secured an…

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    Family of six living in a camper

    MILTON — Heather can’t give her children what they would like to have for Christmas — a house. “The biggest thing they have requested I can’t give them. Nobody can help us with that. We live in a camper,” said the mother of four whose name has been changed. As the only one in the family working, it is difficult for the family of six. Her husband lost his job, underwent neck surgery and has back problems. He is trying to receive disability payments which would help them out financially. ‘It’s been a struggle since it’s so cramped,” she said. “We were in a house before, but because of the family situation we had to…

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Sunbury business touts Buy Fresh, Buy Local

SUNBURY— A Sunbury small business is a hub for the buy fresh, buy local movement. The Sunbury Market House has been the ‘go-to’ spot for produce, meats, and baked goods since 1897. New owners took over in 2011 and continued the ‘local emphasis.’ Ross Family Farm near Sunbury is one of The Market House’s 17 vendors. Owner Perry Ross says farmers thrive on local business, “My firm belief is that Sunbury cannot be revitalized without the rural area, because that’s where all the ingredients come from for a society. When they buy local they are keeping the money local.” He said The Market House is helping to preserve their farm, “(If not for them), this…


Lewisburg Green Dragons, State Champions

HERSHEY – The Lewisburg Green Dragons brought home a state championship and coach Skip Kratzer says words can’t describe how happy he is for them. The Lewisburg boys soccer team completed an undefeated season with a 4-0 win over South Park in the Class AA championship game Saturday afternoon at Hersheypark Stadium. Nearly 2,000 Lewisburg fans cheered on the team and Coach Kratzer says they deserve it. “This is such a great group of guys, I’m on top of the world right now for them,” said Kratzer. Lewisburg finishes their season 25-0. It was the first Green Dragons state championship since 2000. (Jennifer Wakeman/Sara Lauver)   Listen to head coach Skip Kratzer’s interview from Monday’s…


Rusty Rail Brewery drawing crowds in Mifflinburg

  MIFFLINBURG – Residents from across the state are flocking to the new Rusty Rail Brewing Company in Mifflinburg.  WKOK was given a recent tour of the facility including the brewing operation below the restaurant level.   Head Brewer at Rusty Rail, Michel Spuesens explains how they brew their beer on site, “We mix our crushed grain with water. It sits in a giant like tea bag, you would say.  We are trying to extract all of the sugars from the grain.  Then we will actually recycle it and push all of the sugars towards the bottom.  Then we will collect it into a brew kettle.”  Hops are then added as well as additional flavors…