Solar energy comes to Haiti thanks to a local company


UNDATED – A local solar business is lending a big hand in Haiti.  Lenape Solar of Sunbury is designing and assisting in the installation of a solar energy system that will provide electrical power to a new hospital and missionary compound. Vice President of Lenape Solar Justin Charles visited Haiti in December.  “I came down to look at one building and they asked if we could design the hospital too.  The more I thought about it, it was a much better solution to make it one large system that will give electricity to the entire compound including the hospital.” Charles says the design is complete and they will travel back to Haiti in August to…

A record setting Mammothon


LEWISBURG — It was a record setting three days for Evangelical Community Hospital.  Evan’s Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health held their 8th Annual Mammathon at the end of January.  This year’s three-day-event yielded more scheduled mammograms than ever before. This year’s theme was “Freeze Out Breast Cancer.”  During the event, Evan physicians, nurses and other caregivers reached out to encourage patients to schedule mammograms.  As a result of the phone calls, 224 patients scheduled a mammogram.  This is the highest number of appointments achieved at any single Mammathon held by the center. Dr. John Turner, Medical Director of the Center, said, “The efforts of these dedicated professionals making calls during the Mammathon have,…

Selinsgrove Postmaster supports new decision


SELINSGROVE — The U.S. Postal Service has announced some big changes today.  In an attempt to avoid bankruptcy, there will be no more first class mail delivery on Saturday.  Selinsgrove postmaster Michael Wolfberg said he believes this decision was a wise one. “With the drop in volume of letter mail and the 14 percent increase in parcel delivery, I think they’ve looked at it and tried to work this out very well,” he said. Wolfberg said the changes should not affect the public too much.  The majority of businesses and households they surveyed in preparation of the cutbacks said Saturday would be the least disruptive day to not receive mail.  The largest adjustment will be…

Trying to keep contraband from inside prisons


MIDDLEBURG – After three drug busts at the Snyder County Prison in less than a year, Snyder County Commissioner Joe Kantz says they need to consider new ways to resolve the problem. Unfortunately, inmates are bringing the contraband into the prison inside their bodies and Pennsylvania officials may not perform cavity searches without probable cause. Kantz gave a suggestion on one possible solution.   Kantz said, “If we could hold them for a number of hours until that item is passed, and they are locked in a cell where they can not get it to someone else inside the institution, that’s something we have to look at. We’ve been looking at that as a possible…

Legislators react to budget address

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HARRISBURG — Two local legislators say Governor Tom Corbett’s budget address Tuesday came with little surprises.  State Representative Lynda Schlegal-Culver (R-108, Sunbury) says she was pleased with a lot of the proposed additional funding.  “It was a win for me to see more funds going into early learning investments,” says Culver, “I think we all agree that transportation, pensions and many of the other issues will impact the entire state.” State Representative Kurt Masser (R-107, Elysburg) says a bright spot in the proposed budget for him deals with the physically and mentally disabled.  “They are sending us more money to get some of the waiting lists addressed and serving that population.  That was a big…

Death investigation concludes in Milton

SUNBURY – The Northumberland County Coroner has completed his investigation on the deaths of Mark and Vennie Boyles of Milton and has determined that both died from natural causes. James Kelley says 80-year-old Vennie Boyles was found dead in her home in Milton on November 4th. Her son, 55-year-old Mark Boyles, was a person of interest in the death investigation, when he was found dead in his car in parking lot in Milton on November 19. Kelley says Vennie Boyles died from complications associated with heart disease. He says Mark Boyles had an enlarged heart along with heart disease, which caused his death. Mark Boyles had been questioned about the death of his mother, but…

New rules for school lunches take shape in area schools


SELINSGROVE – There are new rules for school districts from the Department of Agriculture, which oversees the school lunch programs across the country. The Department of Agriculture set fat, calorie, sugar and sodium limits on almost all foods sold in schools, in an effort to combat childhood obesity.   Kevin Oswald is the director of food services in the Selinsgrove and Lewisburg Area School Districts. He said the school lunch standards had not been updated in like 15 years and officially took effect at the start of this school year.   Oswald said, “The changes for this coming school year will mostly increase quantities of fruits and vegetables, and also under the vegetable category, there…

Mount Carmel woman critical after a crash


  COAL TOWNSHIP — Four people were hurt in a crash on Route 61 near Ranshaw Tuesday afternoon. Police say an SUV driven by 60-year-old David Ratzlaff of Shamokin swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid another car turning. Ratzlaff struck an oncoming vehicle driven by Howard Splitt Sr. of Mount Carmel.   Ratzlaff’s wife, 60-year-old Marilyn Ratzlaff, had to be cut from the vehicle. Splitt was traveling with his mother, Hazle Rooney, who is listed in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center. The Ratzlaff’s were treated and released from Geisinger. Route 61 was closed for about an hour following the crash yesterday. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Two men arrested during a burglary in Shamokin


SHAMOKIN — Two men were caught during a burglary in Shamokin early Tuesday morning. The News Item reports 20-year-old Robert Zellers III of Coal Township and 50-year-old Kevin Kish of Shamokin were spotted at a health food store by police patrolling in the downtown district around 4 a.m. The men fled the store, but police followed footprints in the snow and arrested Zellers and Kish. They were sent to the Northumberland County Prison. They were also linked to a wire theft earlier that morning on N. Grand Street. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Nurse charged with stealing credit card for shopping spree


DANVILLE — A Mifflinburg nurse is accused of stealing a credit card from a purse and going on a shopping spree. The Daily Item reports 40-year-old Stacy Rivera removed the card from the purse of an employee at a nursing home in Mahoning Township on December 18th. Police say Rivera was also working at the nursing home when the theft occured.   Rivera is accused of using the credit card at four stores in Snyder County, where she was seen on security cameras. She also made purchases at two stores in Union County, with a total of $3,001 spent. Rivera has been charged with access device fraud, identity theft and theft. (Ali Stevens)   Follow