Bishop McFadden pleased with new pope

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HARRISBURG — The election of a new pope is big news across the nation.  Right here in Pennsylvania, Bishop Joseph P. McFadden of Harrisburg said he is very thrilled with the new leader.   “I am pleased to celebrate the election of the new bishop of Rome, Pope Francis.  Who has been called to be the universal shepherd of the Catholic church.  His selection is truly a work of the holy spirit,” McFadden said.   McFadden said he does not expect Pope Francis to fix every problem, nor does he feel it is his job. “While we know the church and the world face many difficulties today, Pope Francis does not come as one who…

Video Here: Chamber of Commerce holds awards ceremony

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Award winners say thanks: NORTHUMBERLAND — It was a rewarding day for several people and businesses across The Valley Thursday.  The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards ceremony in Northumberland.  The Business of the Year was Stahl Sheaffer Engineering of Selinsgrove.  Jeff Sheaffer accepted the award saying,  “I want to thank the Chamber for being there every step of the way, as we started.  Also, they always had the opportunities for us to take advantage of to grow, learn and become a better company.” Shade Mountain Winery was awarded small business of the year.  2012 Athena Award winner Ann Madison announced the 2013 Athena winner, which is given to a Valley…

Several rewarded by chamber

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SELISGROVE — It was a rewarding day for several people and businesses across The Valley today.  The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards ceremony in Northumberland.   It won’t be hard for the Small Business of the Year to celebrate with a bottle of wine, as the award was given to Shade Mountain Winery.  Stahl Sheaffer Engineering, LLC was named Business of the Year.  The GSVCC gave the Karen L. Hackman Star of Excellence Award to Michelle Morgan, Marketing Director-Community Liaison for ShamokinDamHealthCenter.   It was Joe McGranaghan, current Mayor of Shamokin Dam, who received the Dan Foss Heritage Award.  In addition, the 2012-2013 Athena Award was given to Tere Rill…

Concerns about Susquehanna University’s switch to natural gas

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SELINSGROVE – As Susquehanna University makes the move from coal to natural gas, some environmental activists are concerned.  Reverend Leah Schade, pastor of United in Christ Church in Union County, says the university made a big, controversial decision with almost no public disclosure. “Given the controversy around the issue, why wouldn’t they want to talk with the public?’ says Schade.  “I’m concerned about what is driving this decision.  I wish the school had taken the time to talk with people from Organizations United for the Environment, the Sierra Club, The Interfaith Sacred Earth Coalition or even the synod taskforce that is studying this right now.  If Susquehanna has done the work, we don’t know anything…

Farm fresh groceries for the community

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Photo: The Shaffer’s visit On The Mark SUNBURY —  Even if you do not own a farm, you can still reap the farm fresh benefits through Community Supported Agriculture.  The New Life CSA in Sunbury gives people the opportunity to sign up for vegetables, eggs, chicken and beef in advance.   Matt Shaffer and his family are the farmers that grow the available crops.  He said not only is it a great way to get fresh groceries, but it is also a great way to get involved and learn more about farming.  “It was originally designed to help people invest in a farm.  It helps them understand seasons, and understand what goes on from day…

Up to 4-years in prison for Beaver Springs mother

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BEAVER SPRINGS — The Beaver Springs mother who got her 12-year-old daughter hooked on drugs has been sentenced to up to four years in state prison.  39-year-old Brandi Baumgardner was sentenced yesterday in Snyder County Court for endangering the welfare of a child.   Police say Baumgardner would inject her daughter with drugs.  Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch said he believes she was given the appropriate sentence for her actions. “It’s an appropriate recognition of the fact that she shared her own addiction.  It’s bad enough to have an addiction go untreated, but to share that addiction with a child is really inexcusable,” he said.   Another suspect in the case, 22-year-old Robert Hannick…

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On The Mark 8:30am: The Shaffer ‘New Life CSA’ is featured. At 9am: Dr. G. Terry Madonna, noted pollster on the Pope, Catholics, gun control and the sequester.   Dan Patrick Show 10am: Rich Eisen and Chipper Jones.   Michael Smerconish noon: To be announced.   Penn State Basketball 2pm: PSU vs. Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament. Steve Jones and Dick Gerardi play by play.   WKOK news, AccuWeather, sports, Wall Street Journal and great features. Codi Jade anchors.   The best of the best, and PSU, on WKOK!     Follow

Sunbury fire rekindles again…destroys a second home

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SUNBURY – Sunbury volunteers are back on Penn Street in Sunbury, where a deadly fire has started up again and destroyed a second home. The crews were called to the 1000 block of Penn Street at 1:38am today after the fire rekindled and spread to 1003 Penn Street, destroying that home also.  The residents, Kriss and Lori Berry, discovered the fire and got out safely.  The fire initially started Tuesday and has been ruled accidental. There was a rekindle yesterday as well.   Wednesday, Sunbury Fire Chief Mike Rhoades said, “We did do the investigation yesterday with a state police fire marshal. We did come to the determination that the fire was accidental and electrical. We…

Trevorton man badly hurt in a crash

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  PAXINOS – A Trevorton man was seriously injured in a crash yesterday evening in Shamokin Township, Northumberland County. State police say 37-year-old Kenneth Duitch was traveling south on Birch Road around 6:15 p.m. when he lost control of his SUV on loose gravel.   The vehicle struck a ditch and rolled onto the driver’s side. Troopers say Duitch hurt his neck in the crash and was taken to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment. He’s listed in serious condition today. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

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  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A sweeping “pay to play” investigation involving the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has ensnared a former state Senate leader and three former top commission officials. Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Wednesday the officials are accused of using their extraordinary power over multimillion-dollar turnpike commission contracts to enrich themselves, rig bids for favored businessmen and help sway political campaigns. The largely secret investigation dates back to 2009 and involved hundreds of witnesses to crack what Kane calls a political and corrupt culture. The defendants include former state Senate Democratic Leader Bob Mellow, former turnpike chairman Mitchell Rubin, former turnpike chief executive Joe Brimmeier and former turnpike chief operating officer George Hatalowich. Two…