Land and water restoration in your backyard

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UNDATED – You can do your part right here in The Valley to help the Chesapeake Bay. Harry Campbell is the Pennsylvania Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and says each individual landowner has the ability and the responsibility to protect and restore the condition of streams in their backyard. “If you don’t have trees, plant them,” says Campbell. “Pennsylvania has a guidance manual on how to do it right. Take little parts of your land and convert it back to a native landscape before human influence on the land. Also, get your soil tested and recognize that in many instances, you do not need to use fertilizer.” Campbell says in Pennsylvania, they work…

United Way rewards donators

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SUNBURY — Some charitable individuals have been rewarded this week.  The Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way has announced the winners of their 1012-2013 Campaign Raffle. Robert Buehler of Kreamer Feed won the grand prize two-minute grocery shopping spree at Weis Markets.  Lisa Herbster of Wood-Mode won $1000.  Brenda VanBuskirk of Boscov’s, Trudy Yoder of Wood-Mode, Donna Bennett of West Milton State Bank, Cheryl Zellers of Purdy Insurance and Andrew Rohrer of UGI were also prize winners.  Individuals were entered into the drawing if they donated $65 or more the the United Way or its funded agencies. All prizes were made possible thanks to Pepsi, Sunbury Motor Company, Zimmerman’s Enterprises Inc, Spangler Motors, The New Paul…

A touch of Texas may come to The Valley

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SELINSGROVE —Hungry residents may soon have a new option when it comes to dinner on the strip.  The Texas Roadhouse is looking to move into the former Ruby Tuesday site. The 2.5 acre lot in Monroe Township has been vacant since April of 2007, after a slew of fires. According to The Daily Item, the early plans are to tear down the existing building and replace it with a Texas Roadhouse. The Kentucky-based steakhouse is famous for their endless bucket of free peanuts, line-dancing waitresses, and affiliation with Willie Nelson. A sketch of the plans is expected to be revealed to the Monroe Township Planning Commission at 7:00p.m. on Monday. (Codi Jade)

Mifflinburg residents to learn about Route 45 construction

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MIFFLINBURG — Mifflinburg residents will get a chance to speak up about PennDOT’s latest project.   A public meeting will be held regarding the status of the Route 45 section 12M reconstruction project. PennDOT’s Rick Mason said, “This roadway reconstruction project includes curb ramps, as well as additional reconstruction along Route 45, known locally as Chestnut   Street through the borough.  The project began last fall and it’s currently in a winter shut down.  It is ready to resume this spring on the section of road between Route 104 and Forest   Hill Road.” PennDOT’s contractor Don E. Bower Incorporated will hold the public meeting to explain the complexity of the project and the detours that…

United Way funding for Scouts on hold due to policy on gays

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SUNBURY – The Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way Board voted unanimously this week to place discretionary funding for the local council of Boy Scouts of America “on hold”, due to their policy on homosexuals. The national Boy Scouts of America organization continues to review a policy of “not granting membership to open or avowed homosexuals.”   The local United Way chapter said the action was taken in response to recent discussions at the national level and in the context of some large corporations withdrawing their support for the Boy Scouts of America. Eric Rowe is board chairman of the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way.   Rowe said, “We have appropriated money for the Boy Scouts,…

Today on Newsradio 1070 WKOK

On The Mark 8:30am: Than Mitchell co-host. Guests Rev. Leah Schade and Bloom U. prof Wendy Lee on fracking. climate change and Riverdale. Dan Patrick Show 10am: Mike Florio guest hosts. More swimsuit girls and an Oscar preview. Michael Smerconish noon: Oscar preview and Michael’s Oscar pick for Best Picture. Steve Jones Show 3pm: More about expenses vs. revenue in college sports and why expansion is necessary for conferences, and the importance of the television revenue. Also, Tony Knopp  CEO & Co-Founder – Spotlight Ticket Management, on the legacy of Dr. Jerry Buss. News, AccuWeather, Winternet and sports 5-7pm: Codi Jade anchors local news and sports. More Osgood Files, and other timely commentary and features. Shikellamy…

Frozen precip may slow afternoon commute

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  UNDATED — AccuWeather says another nuisance snow and sleet event may slow the afternoon commute. The ‘Go-Hourly’ feature at WKOK.com shows a several hour period of sleet at 5pm, then freezing drizzle for several hours overnight. Senior, Expert meteorologist Joe Lundberg tells us light precipitation is expected this afternoon, but untreated surfaces can be slippery. The full AccuWeather forecast is broadcast on Newsradio 1070 WKOK.    

Sunbury woman running for mayor

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  Sunbury- A Sunbury woman would like to run for mayor. Julie Brosius announced Thursday night at Degenstein Community Library, “I’d like to toss my hat in the ring for Mayor of Sunbury. The first woman.” Brosius, who works at the Weis Center for Research at Geisinger Health System, hopes that by running she can steer Sunbury in a new direction.   Brosius will be running as a republican against incumbent-mayor David Persing. Persing is seeking his sixth term. She gathered with fellow citizens in order to sign a petition established by Drake Saxton regarding permitting concerns at the Moran property. The Moran property in question is the former Celotex site.   Brosius and her…

AP Latest Pennsylvania news, business, and entertainment

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  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The original Penn Charter that established Pennsylvania in 1681 is scheduled to be displayed for one week at the State Museum in Harrisburg. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission said Thursday that the document will go on display on March 10. That’s the 332nd birthday of Pennsylvania and is also known as Charter Day. The commission says England’s King Charles II used the charter to grant the land that is now Pennsylvania to William Penn. Also on display will be an 1863 note written by Gov. Andrew Curtin ordering the defense of Pennsylvania’s border from “the Rebel Invader.” The document was written in the days before the Battle of Gettysburg,…

Shikellamy could name their Fieldhouse after Phil Lockcuff

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SUNBURY – The Shikellamy Fieldhouse could be named in honor of late wrestling coach and Sunbury Broadcasting sportscaster Phil Lockcuff, who died on January 25th. The Daily Item reports Superintendent Pat Kelley says they will soon have a link on the district’s website asking people to vote “yes” or “no” in favor of naming the Fieldhouse in honor of Lockcuff. The former coach is the most successful wrestling coach in school history. He coached at Shikellamy for 24 years and lead the Braves to the PIAA Class AAA title in 1984, 1985 and 1991. (Ali Stevens)