Valley jobs boom from shale

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MILTON – Drilling in the Marcellus Shale region of northern Pennsylvania is booming, and there is now evidence that the industry is helping The Valley too. Maria Culp, CEO of the Central Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce says jobs from the Marcellus Shale industry are being found in increasing numbers in Union and Northumberland Counties. Culp said, “There is activity going on. There are certain companies that are looking for areas. Obviously, Great Stream Commons is a little closer to the Marcellus Shale area. There are some businesses who have moved down into our area of Upper Union County and Upper Northumberland County, related to the shale industry.” Culp says the jobs available are being offered…

ACLU helping students to know their rights

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UNDATED — Do students have to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance?  Are they restricted as to what kind of clothing they can wear in school?  Those questions and many more are answered in a new handbook published by the Pennsylvania ACLU titled Know Your Rights.  Harold Jordan is the editor of the book. “The publication covers a range of issues effecting school climate, students and more,” says Jordan.  “It’s a statement of what the current law is inPennsylvania but also it provides advice.” Jordan says  it is not only good for students to read, but also parents, teachers and administrators as well. He says it is important for students know that they have rights…

PennDOT: prepare your mailbox

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MONTOURSVILLE – As snow is starting to appear in the forecast, it is time to prepare for snow plows.  PennDOT reminds residents that snow thrown from plows can easily damage mailboxes that are not prepared.  Mailbox damage is the responsibility of the property owner. To help you reduce the risk of mailbox damage, PennDOT offers these tips: * Place a 6- to 8-inch piece of reflective tape on the mailbox to help snow plow operators see it at night. * Remove snow from around the mailbox, but never throw it back onto the road. * If the mailbox is located within the legal right-of-way and damage was experienced in the past, homeowners may want to consider…

Tree Fest of Children’s Books in Selinsgrove

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SELINSGROVE — Nothing is more colorful and fun than a children’s book, so it only makes sense that trees and wreaths decorated to that theme would be a beautiful sight.  The Friends of Selinsgrove Library is having the 9th Annual Tree Fest of Children’s Books at its new location, The Rudy Gelnett Memorial Library. Emily Johnson, Chair of Tree Fest, said, “It’s pretty exciting for the children. Some of them have helped to decorate and all of them are given the opportunity to see the trees.  Sometimes someone will even read the book to them that is with the tree.” The opening reception will be held on Friday from 7:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.  Trees and wreaths will…

Shikellamy needs more donations

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SUNBURY — The people of New Jersey are still in need of help after Hurricane Sandy and the Shikellamy Marching Braves hear their song.  They are ready to bring them a truckload of aid. Literally. Mary Neidig is known as the “Grandma” of the marching band. She said, “We are trying to get a truckload of goods together to send down to New Jersey to the people that lost everything and are in need of supplies.” The “Tractor-Trailer Drive” started on Saturday and more donations are still needed.  Everyone is asked to bring items to the Shikellamy football stadium before Friday at 11:30a.m.  The truck is only half-full, and they want to take a stuffed…

Santa Fest is coming to Selinsgrove

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SELINSGROVE – Selinsgrove Projects Incorporated has started a new music tradition called Santa Fest, which will take place December 8th inside downtown businesses. Restaurants and stores are participating by hosting a live local musician at their establishment that evening.   However, prior to the live music that night, the musicians are each debuting an original holiday song on our sister station 94KX and residents can vote for their favorite song online.   Local favorite Faculty Lounge will be playing from 10 to midnight at Bot’s Tavern during Santa Fest. The Sweetbriars will be performing at Emma’s Food for Life from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. that night. Other bands include The Badlees, JT Blues, Ann…

Fire hits New Columbia home

NEW COLUMBIA– Two people were displaced after a fire at their home in the New Columbia area Saturday.  Fire crews were called to the home on White Deer Pike near Mountain Road around 12:30p.m.  Further detail and the name of the homeowners have not yet been released.  The Red Cross will be assisting the two people displaced. (Sara Bartlett) Follow

NFF: Disabled mom stung by job loss

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NORTHUMBERLAND — When someone says her year has been “rough, rough, rough, rough, rough,” that is one hard time. This disabled, single mother of two teenage girls lost her job in January, “and no one wants to hire me,” she said. The sharp drop in income means these three must live on her disability payments alone, and they are just not stretching far enough. “Never in my life have I not been able to support my family,” she said. “Christmas was never a problem, buying food and paying bills never a problem. All of a sudden, here we are. How do people do it?” Keeping food on the table has been a particular struggle. She…

NFF: A Sunbury family relies on Salvation Army

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SUNBURY — Its been a really heard year for this Sunbury family of five. A man, who declined to be identified, said they are getting by with disability payments but rely on Salvation Army with extras for the kids, “A lot of (help) comes from Salvation Army, clothers, toys…and things the kids can play with.” Its the ghings the children want, especially around Christmas, that proves a challenge ofr this couple, both of whom have disabilities. They make ends meet with disability payments and food stamps. Salvation Army officials say most of their giving targets children in The Valley, children whose parents can’t provide new clothing and gifts for their children. You can help this…

NFF: Single mom hoping for good holiday

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MILTON — Melissa Biddle spends most of her days around children. The single mother works for minimum wage at a day care in the borough and then spends her free time caring for her three young sons, 3, 6 and 8. “I love kids; I wouldn’t want it any other way,” she said. However, times have been tough for the Milton mom, who said she simply wants to give her boys a nice Christmas. It’s been hard since separating from her husband a year and a half ago, when she had to find a job to support her family, but Biddle said she tries to keep a positive perspective on things for the sake of…