Woman burned in Shamokin area fire

SHAMOKIN — A Shamokin area woman suffered slight burns to the face in a fire Friday.  According to The News Item, fire crews were called at 12:08p.m. for a kitchen fire at 1287   Old Reading Road, near the Indian Hills Golf and Tennis Club.   Reports say homeowner Lorraine Chicalo was making lunch when grease caught fire.  The grease splashed up and hit her in the face. Luckily her sister was visiting and acted fast.  Sister Marie Hirsch, of Immaculata, pulled her away from the area, then grabbed an extinguisher and knocked down the fire. Elysburg Assistant Fire Chief Bob Dluge said the fire was “pretty much out” when he arrived on the scene.  The…

Traffic slows holiday travelers

UNDATED — Some extremely heavy traffic volume is slowing travel in The Valley. Southbound roads in particular are slow, but all directions are reported backed up. Motorists traveling from Northumberland, to Shamokin Dam, and vica versa, are encountering long waits. Snyder, Union and Northumberland County Communications Centers report no crashes. Elsewhere, motorists tell us there are long waits to get on–and along–Routes 11 & 15 in Shamokin Dam and Hummels Wharf. Motorists locally are advised to allow extra time for travel and be aware of possible long delays. The bottleneck that is Routes 11 & 15 is particularily hard it with drivers reporting ‘near gridlock’ conditions. Follow

Lawmakers consider lottery privatization

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SUNBURY – The Senate Finance Committee will be holding a hearing on Governor Tom Corbett’s proposal to hire a private company to manage the $3.5-billion Pennsylvania Lottery. State Representative Fred Keller (R-85th, Kreamer) explained why Camelot Global Services is the only company being considered.   Keller said, “The governor, the administration, had put out a request for bids. At the onset, there were three companies that were qualified to bid. As they went through the process, two of the companies dropped out, leaving only one.”   Keller explained what Corbett’s intentions are for privatizing the lottery. He said, “In the lottery, it’s a private management agreement. So, it’s really not a sale. It’s just having…

Does Marcellus shale drilling impact health?

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DANVILLE — The natural gas industry is booming in our area, but is it healthy for those living near the Marcellus shale wells?  Two local healthcare systems are teaming up to study just that.  Guthrie Health, a healthcare system serving northern Pennsylvania and southern New York, has joined with Geisinger Health System to research the health impacts of gas drilling. Doctor David Carey, director of Geisinger’s Weis Center for Research, said, “As Geisinger and Guthrie both serve patient populations that live in areas affected by Marcellus shale gas drilling, it is appropriate that we join forces to investigate the effects of this activity.” The two health systems are collaborating in the planning and execution of…

A local mental health first aid training course available

SUNBURY – A Mental Health First Aid Certification course is coming to Selinsgrove to help individuals recognize mental illness when responding to mental health emergencies. The course is designed for nurses, emergency responders, church staff, teachers, family members, volunteers and friends. Robin Kunkel says the course will be offered at Sharon Lutheran Church in Selinsgrove in January and February.   Kunkel said, “The course is for people who are unskilled with mental health issues. It helps to give them tools to help to recognize mental health and encourage people who are suffering to go to professionals and hopefully it can help them to be healthier.”   The course will last four evenings and participants will…

New position for Snyder County Children and Youth

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  MIDDLEBURG – Snyder County is looking to take steps to keep more families together in Snyder County by creating a new position in Children and Youth. Commissioner Malcolm Derk says they have created a new position for family preservation.   Derk said, “That position…the plan is that it helps to keep children in their homes. We will be watching carefully to make sure that it actually does what it’s supposed to do. That is to keep young children out of placements with other families.”   Derk says removing children from their home to place them in Foster Care can be very costly for the county and may not be the best situation for the…

Operators restart Unit 2 at the nuclear plant

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BERWICK — Operators have restarted Unit 2 at PPL’s Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant near Berwick. The unit shut down on December 16th, but was restarted this morning. An electrical connection problem caused an automatic shutdown during a routine, scheduled turbine valve test. Officials say they have conducted a review of what caused the shutdown and the necessary repairs were made. Unit 1 at the plant continues to operate at full power. (Ali Stevens) Follow

NFF exceeds goal to help Valley families

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  SUNBURY — The Need Family Fund not only topped its $75,000 goal – but it is coming very close to reaching last year’s total of $129,194.95. Today’s balance is $122,750.46.  Recent contributions to the fund include a $2,000 donation from American Legion Post 25 Selinsgrove. Scullin Oil Company donated $1,500.  A $1,000 donation was received from Deacon Equipment Company in Bloomsburg.  There were also recent anonymous donations totaling $1,005.   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…

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  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Corbett administration officials are willing to appear before a Senate Finance Committee hearing on a proposal to hire a private company to manage the $3.5 billion Pennsylvania Lottery. A spokeswoman for Gov. Tom Corbett’s Department of Revenue said Thursday that officials are happy to answer questions in any format. The hearing date was set for Jan. 14. Monday is the deadline for the Corbett administration to decide on a British lottery operator’s sole bid to manage the lottery system on a 20- to 30-year contract, but talks are under way to postpone that. Camelot Global Services runs the national lottery in the United Kingdom and is a consultant to the…

The new AccuWeather forecast here!

Clouds yielding to some sun today. High 34. Increasing clouds tonight with snow arriving toward daybreak. Low 21. Snow tomorrow, steadies in the morning, accumulating 1-3 inches. High 33. Sunday: variable cloudiness, brisk and cold with some flurries. High 33. Monday: some sunshine giving way to clouds. High 30. Tuesday: mostly cloudy with a chance for a bit of snow or flurries. High 34. Follow