Congressman Marino refuses OTM appearance

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(Photo of Phil Scollo courtesy of Phil Scollo campaign) SUNBURY — U.S Congressman Tom Marino (R-10th, Cogan Station) withdrew from an ‘On The Mark’ appearance that was scheduled for Monday morning on WKOK. A campaign spokesman for Marino said if Phil Scollo, the democratic nominee in the 10th district, were permitted to call the live telephone talkshow on Monday, Marino wouldn’t appear on the program. Scollo had contacted WKOK last week and said he planned to call the program during the show’s “open phones” segment. Saturday, during the interview confirmation process, Marino found out Scollo may call in–and withdrew his scheduled appearance. A Marino spokesman said, “There just isn’t anything in it for us. We…

Accident under investigation

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PORT TREVORTON — Police are investigating a crash in the Port Trevorton area Friday night at 11:35p.m.  Police say a trooper was called to a residence in Port Trevorton for a report of an unauthorized vehicle.  While at the residence taking information, the reported vehicle drove past.  Police say the vehicle accelerated as the operator noticed the officer. Troopers began to search for the vehicle and found it disabled in a cow pasture on Produce Road, Snyder County. Police say it appeared the vehicle had traveled through a fence prior to crashing in the field.  The operator was a 17-year-old from Port Trevorton.  He was not injured and was taken into custody for suspicion of alcohol use…

PPL: A dozen Valley customers without power

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  UNDATED — PPL has restored electricity to over 8,000 customers in Snyder,Union, Northumberland, Montour andColumbiacounties. About a dozen local residents are still without power according to the utility.   InUnionCounty, PPL says they have reduced the number of outages to 11 customers inLewisTownship, in the Mifflinburg, Hartleton area. InMontourCounty, inWestHemlockTownship, two PPL customers remain without power.   System wide, PPL says they have 58,000 customers without service; the vast majority of these are in theLehighValleyand the Poconos. The utility says restoration work is still underway and the rest of the local PPL customers should be back on soon.   Follow

Red Cross urges blood donation

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  UNDATED – Following Hurricane Sandy, Red Cross blood drives were cancelled all over the east coast.  Annie Smith of the SUN Area Red Cross says this has created a critical blood shortage.  “The blood shortage in the local area is a direct result ofSandy.  Blood has a shelf life, you can’t recreate it, there is no synthetic reproduction and we need people in this area to step up immediately to donate blood.”   Smith says inPennsylvania110 blood drives were cancelled and hundreds more were cancelled in surrounding states.  She talks about the importance of donating.  “Blood donation is the easiest way possible to help the Red Cross do what it does.  We are still…

Climate change addressed on Smerconish

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  UNDATED — Could Hurricane Sandy have been evidence of global climate change?  Environmentalist Dr. Bill McKibben says yes.  He said while hurricanes have always happened, this hurricane was the largest storm ever measured.  In addition to Hurricane Sandy, McKibben says there are many other issues that point to climate change.   He said those clues include the fact that we’re experiencing the warmest year in American history; we’ve watched a massive drought, and the severe melt in theArctic.  He says, “Basically we are within a few years of not having summer sea ice at all in theArctic.”   McKibben said this environmental issue should be a concern in the upcoming election, as it is…

Penn State Updates

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  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Two Penn State administrators have appeared in court on new charges accusing them of hushing up child sexual abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The arraignment of Gary Schultz and Tim Curley lasted about 10 minutes Friday in a suburbanHarrisburgcourtroom. Their additional bail is set at $50,000, but they don’t need to post cash or other security. Their preliminary hearing is Nov. 12; a date the judge says is likely to be postponed. The new charges are endangering the welfare of children, obstruction and conspiracy.FormerPennStatepresident Graham Spanier’s arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday. Schultz is the university’s retired vice president. Curley is on leave as athletic director.Sanduskyis serving…

Adoption Day set in Northumberland County

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NORTHUMBERLAND –Northumberland County will celebrate its third annual “Adoption Day” on Wednesday, November 14.  The children will enjoy arts and crafts, snacks and entertainment at 10:00a.m. in the courthouse. Then, in the afternoon, some of these children will have their adoptions finalized by Judge William Wiest. November is National Adoption Awareness Month.  This event is designed to increase the number of families willing to consider foster care adoption and celebrates the unique joys of creating families through such adoptions.  According to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, there are currently more than 123,000 children in the U.S. foster care system available for adoption. Guest speakers will include adoptive parents and adopted youth at this year’s event. …

Democratic competition in 107th district

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  UNDATED – Democrat Ted Yeager of Elysburg is hoping to unseat Republican incumbent State Representative Kurt Masser (R-107, Elysburg) in the 107th district race.  Yeager says one of the big differences between he and Masser is his diverse background.  “Having lived in Wellsboro for six years, four years inWilkes-Barre, I have been in the education field for 33 years; I am a realtor and appraiser… I think everything I have done gives me more perspective on the issues.”   Yeager says he feels he can make a difference for The Valley by going toHarrisburg.  He says one of the issues on his radar isPennsylvania’s pension crisis.  “I have been trying to look at what…

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Another death in Pennsylvania has been attributed to the storm that struck the East Coast earlier this week. The Lehigh County coroner’s office said Friday that a 93-year-old man from Upper Macungie Township died of hypothermia in his home while the power was out. That brings the number of deaths in Pennsylvania to 15. About 258,000 Pennsylvania utility customers were still without power by late afternoon Friday, down from the 1.2 million outages at the peak of the storm. In the Philadelphia area, Peco still had 110,000 outages but hoped to have 90 percent back by midnight Friday. The utility said some remote portions of Montgomery and Bucks counties might…