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  WASHINGTON CROSSING, N.J. (AP) – Safety concerns kept George Washington from completing his annual Christmas Day ride across the Delaware River. The 60th annual re-enactment of Washington’s daring Christmas 1776 crossing of the river – the trek that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War – was staged Tuesday on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey border. Officials say the boat entered the channel and riverbank areas, but could not complete the full trip due to high water conditions in the river During the crossing 234 years ago, boats ferried 2,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 18 cannons across the river, and the troops marched 8 miles downriver before battling Hessian mercenaries in the streets of…

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble to tell stories of the flood

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BLOOMSBURG — The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will chronicle 2011’s Tropical Storm Lee and the devastating flooding that followed in The Valley.  Flood Stories, Too is the follow up Flood Stories preformed by BTE in 2006.  Jon White-Spunner is the Managing Director for BTE.  “There are still houses that need to be torn down and there are still people that have not recovered.  This is part of that piece.” Along with the Bloomsburg University Players and the Bloomsburg Bicentennial Choir, BTE will take real stories from local people effected by Tropical Storm Lee and put them into a production of heartbreak and survival.  “This really is the community’s story and we just felt this was the…

Misunderstandings of poverty

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UNDATED — In this season of giving, it is important to remember those less fortunate.  The issue of poverty is sometimes misunderstood as we hear from Nicole Faraguna of Herndon.  “People say ‘pull yourself up by your own bootstraps.’  Well, you may not have boots, you know, it might not be that easy.  Many of us take for granted things we have had in our lifetime.  My thinking is that we’re all in this together.” Faraguna says giving to someone who lives below the poverty line is helpful to the economy.  “When you give money to a poor person, that is a 100% turnaround into the economy.  You are giving money to someone who is…

Safety and traffic, a concern on Veterans Memorial Bridge

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SUNBURY — The Veterans Memorial Bridge was in the news quite a bit in 2012, many stories with a negative connotation.  In the span of two weeks, disabled vehicles on the bridge backed up traffic for hours, causing major headaches in surrounding communities.  Also, a father and son were killed in a crash on the bridge. PennDOT’s Rick Mason says in 2013, they plan to address safety concerns on the Veterans Memorial Bridge.  “We are going to paint a three-foot wide median on the bridge to separate the directions of traffic to give the sense of separation between the lanes on the bridge.” Mason says PennDOT also looking at the signage.  “We are going to…

Needy Family Fund over $100,000

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UNDATED – The Needy Family Fund has reached and exceeded their goal!  Today’s total is $102,674.  Because the $75,000 was raised, the Degenstein Foundation in Sunbury gave $25,000. Other recent contributions include $2,000 from the New Berlin American Legion Home Association and $1,000 each from The Clarks of Milton, Mazeppa Union Church in Lewisburg and Nathan Blanchard of Sunbury. Each year, The Daily Item, Susquehanna Bank, the Salvation Army of Milton and Sunbury and the radio stations of Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation team up to raise money for the Needy Family Fund.  The Salvation Army distributes toys, food, clothing and more to eligible families in need.  You can still donate to the fund at any branch…

Salvation Army says thank you

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SUNBURY – Thanks to the very generous contribution from donators, the Needy Family Fund has reached and exceeded its $75,000 goal.  Major Sharon Cupp of the Sunbury Salvation Army says they appreciate all of the help and support. “We know that as we see people who come through our doors that are in need that we are there to help them make the holidays brighter.  From the Salvation Army in both Milton and Sunbury, we are very grateful.” Last week, the Salvation Army in Sunbury and Milton distributed toys, clothes, and food to those in need.  “We will have helped some 600 people by the time it is over with,” says Cupp.  The Milton Salvation…