Future Business Leaders present to Chamber


SELINSGROVE — Four Selinsgrove High School students took time out of their school day to present at the monthly Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce meeting, Thursday.  The students discussed the importance of teaching smart business early.  The group’s treasurer, Courtney Conrad, said, “The name of the game for business right now is defined benefits and pension programs.  College graduates now days are concerned more than ever about retirement and need to save money.  FBLA educates students on what jobs provide benefits and pension plans for their future, and how to save money effectively.”  Other presentations were presented by Black Diamond Energy Consultants Inc. of Mount Carmel and Pennsylvania Chamber Insurance.  The monthly Chamber meeting was…

Local birders to participate in Christmas Bird Count


UNDATED – It is known as the oldest citizens’ science program in the world.  The Audubon puts on the Christmas Bird Count; hundreds of thousands of birders around the world keep track of the birds they see. The count runs from December 14-January 5 and Vice President of the local Seven Mountains Audubon Allen Schweinsberg says they will be doing theirs Saturday.  “We’ll have about 40 people out in the Christmas count circle and they can do all the birding they want from midnight to midnight.  It has become quite a tradition here since 1949, and has been a tradition nationally since 1900.” Schweinsberg says the collection of data is very important and informative.  “The…

Salvation Army gearing up for NFF distribution

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SUNBURY – The Salvation Army in Milton and Sunbury are gearing up for the Needy Family Fund distribution next week.  Hundreds of families throughout The Valley will be helped for the holiday season by the program. Major Sharon Cupp of the Sunbury Salvation Army says they are busy this week getting everything ready.  “They are packing the boxes to make all the food items and also placing toys in bags so everything is ready to go.” Families will get food, gifts, clothes and those with children will receive toys.  “There will be three brand new toys per child.  Then families can also pick up hats, coats and gloves that have been donated.” The distribution for…

More foster families are needed for displaced children


  MIDDLEBURG — Snyder County Children and Youth is reaching out to the public this holiday season to let people know they are in need of more foster families to take in displaced children. Shannon Fisher is a supervisor and said anyone 21 or older who is able to pass a background check can be eligible for the foster care program.   Fisher said, “It’s a great feeling to be able to match a child with a family in their home community and not have to place them in an area that they are unfamiliar with and in a school that they don’t know with people they don’t know.”   Fisher said they have about…

Sunbury’s first new home in 10 years to be auctioned

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SUNBURY – Mayor David Persing will put on his auctioneer hat Saturday… as the first new home in Sunbury in a decade will be auctioned off. The new home is at 202 Washington Avenue and the starting bid is expected to be $100,000.   Persing said, “There are not a lot of building lots available so we’ve created one by the demolition of this home before that. Now we’re putting a brand new one up. It will be the first of, what I hope to be many, sales that the city is going to have.”   Persing said they got a redevelopment grant to pay for demolition of the previous structure and the building of…

Former substitute teacher pleads guilty to sexting

SUNBURY — A former substitute teacher in the Shamokin Area School District has pleaded guilty to sending sexually graphic text messages to four female students. The News Item reports 24-year-old Michael Zack of Marion Heights entered his plea before President Judge Robert Sacavage on Wednesday morning.   Zack was charged March 15th by Coal Township police for sending about 4,300 text messages to two 17-year-old girls and two 16-year-old girls, who attended the Shamokin Area High School. Zack was charged with felony unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors. He faces prison time when he is sentenced within 90 days. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

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Couple taken into custody for vehicle theft


  WILBURTON — Mount Carmel police have apprehended a Wilburton man and his girlfriend in connection with a vehicle theft this week. According to The News Item, 22-year-old David A. Pavloski II and 22-year-old Courtney Klemick are in custody.   Kerry Klemick, the woman’s father, said he received a phone call around 2:30a.m. from a friend who told him Pavloski and Klemick were drunk and had taken that friend’s SUV. The couple had Courtney Klemick’s 9-month-old son with them. The friend called police, who told her they would not pursue aggressively for the boy’s sake.   The News Item reports that the vehicle was eventually ditched on a mountain path. Police searched by helicopter and…

NFF: Family of five could use some help


LAURELTON — A Laurelton family is having a little trouble making ends meet this year.  They’re not sure exactly how it happened, but getting by isn’t as easy as it used to be.   The Laurelton family, who asked that their name not be used, is very hardworking.  The husband is a laborer, the mother a homemaker, and the three children are hardworking students.  Not much has changed in their household.  No disasters, job loss, or big purchases have thrown them over the edge this year.  It seems that prices have just gone up, and wages have stayed the same.   The couple wants to give their children a great Christmas, but with three girls,…

Needy Family Fund makes progress

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  SUNBURY — The Needy Family Fund has so far reached $40,998 of its $75,000 goal.  Recent donations to the fund include a $5,000 from Ladies Auxiliary VFW #6631 of Selinsgrove.  A $50 donation was received in memory of Betty and Charles Fisher ofMilton.  Rounding out the current total are $655 in donations from anonymous givers.   Each year, The Daily Item, the Salvation Army of Milton and Sunbury, Susquehanna Bank and the radio stations of Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation team up to raise money for families in need. The Salvation Army distributes toys, food, clothing, and gifts to eligible families. You are asked to please consider a generous contribution to the Needy Family Fund. Donations…