Shikellamy teacher to receive award

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SUNBURY — A Shikellamy teacher was chosen as Sunbury Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Year.  Ellen Boyer teaches communications, arts, theater and gifted students in the Shikellamy School District.  She will be given the award on March 16 at The Hotel Edison. Boyer has been at Shikellamy on and off since around 1976.  She has taught many students who have gone on to careers in theater and the arts.  She said, “I am passionate about theater, my students, the arts and preserving the arts, especially in our community.  I am inspired by the students.  I think I learn more from them than they learn from me.” The Sunbury Rotary Club will present Boyer’s award at…

Still cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy

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UNDATED – It has been over three months since Hurricane Sandy hit land and some homeowners around here are still cleaning up.  Though much of The Valley was left with just minor damage, some areas took the brunt of the storm.  Steve Connolley’s home is about six miles west of Milton.  “Our property is still littered with trees,” says Connolley.  “What was once a pretty thick forest will now be a field when we clear the logs.” Connolley, like many residents we spoke to after the storm, believe Sandy wasn’t just a hurricane.  “It was amazing, it just knocked trees down like they were twigs.  We had dozens of trees that were down and half…

Vick signs with the Eagles

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PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick has signed a one year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.  The restructured contract replaces his long term one that he signed in 2011.         Follow

Selinsgrove welcomes new gardeners

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SELINSGROVE — Everyone knows the benefits of gardening, but not everyone has the space for a garden.  That is no longer an issue, thanks to the East Snyder Community Garden. The garden, located across from East Snyder Park on University Avenue in Selinsgrove, has space for many new gardeners.  Arden Miller is the PR Chair of the East Snyder Community Garden.  She said, “Anybody can garden.  Our goal is to work with people who have never gardened before.  We have quite a few very experienced gardeners gardening, and they would be happy to work with new people.” Miller said they have tried their hardest to keep prices low to encourage everyone to garden.  The price for…

Upcoming baseball clinic for kids in the region

SUNBURY – If you know a child who loves playing baseball, there is an upcoming winter baseball clinic for both boys and girls. The clinic for kids ages 5 to 12 is being held at the Shikellamy Field House on February 23rd from 1 to 4 p.m. Coach Bobby Felmy, head baseball coach for Shikellamy High School, will be hosting the clinic.   He talked with us about his love for baseball along with the challenge. Felmy said, “There’s so many little things that can go wrong and with it being a game of failure, we need to accept that. The mental aspect of the game is my favorite part. Just letting kids know that…

Judge upholds sentence for Lewisburg mom

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SUNBURY — A Lewisburg woman will get no mercy from a Northumberland County judge.  Judge Charles H. Saylor decided he will not shorten the sentence of the mother that left her infant home alone for hours in a hot room, resulting in the child’s death. On Thursday, Saylor issued an order outlining his decision to uphold the 12 to 60 year state prison term he gave 30-year-old Heidi S. Yocum in January.  Yocum pled guilty to misdemeanor endangering the welfare of children for the death of her 1-year-old daughter, Aneela Loner. The infant died from hyperthermia in October 2010.  Within a 7-page document, Saylor outlined the many reasons he denied Yocum’s request for post-sentence relief. …

Mail truck and a pickup truck collide on Snydertown Road

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  SNYDERTOWN – A mail truck and a pickup truck collided this morning on Snydertown Road near the Snydertown borough. The  mail truck, driven by 22-year-old Dana Krause of Middleburg was traveling east when a pickup truck, driven by 56-year-old Samuel Griffith of Northumberland pulled from a stop sign into its path. Griffith was delivering newspapers and had neck and shoulder injuries. Krause was not injured. Both vehicles were heavily damaged and had to be towed from the scene. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Dogs helping kids get comfortable with reading

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SUNBURY – Some special dogs visited the Degenstein Library in Sunbury this weekend to help kids learn the joy of reading. Therapy dogs from the Central Pennsylvania Dog Training Club were the guests at the Degenstein Library in Sunbury, to help kids enjoy reading to parents and teachers.   Jeanne Williamson is youth services coordinator at the Sunbury library. She said, “Lots of times, children are reluctant to read to adults or in front of other children, but they will do it for a dog, because they feel comfortable.   Tom Hahn took time to talk with the children and parents in attendance about what it takes for a dog to become a “Therapy Dog”…

Kulpmont woman dies from crash injuries

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KULPMONT — A woman critically injured in a crash on Tuesday in Coal Township has died from her injuries. 73-year-old Hazel Rooney was listed in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center for several days and died on Saturday.   Rooney was a passenger in a car driven by her son, Howard Splitt Sr. of Mount Carmel, who collided with a northbound SUV that crossed into their lane along Route 61. Splitt and two others in the SUV had been treated and released from Geisinger. Rooney was pronounced dead on Saturday. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Silo fire in Kreamer this morning at Wood Mode

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KREAMER — No injuries were reported after a silo caught fire at the Wood Mode plant in Kreamer this morning. Tom Morgensen tells us some type of combustive event triggered the smoky fire around 6:55 a.m.   The blue silo that sits along Route 522 was not seriously damaged and was empty at the time of the fire. Half of the Wood Mode plant continues to operate normally. They hope to have the rest of the plant up and running by the end of the workday. Route 522 in front of the plant is open to traffic. Firefighters remained on the scene at 9 a.m. this morning working to put the fire out. (Ali Stevens)…