Official kickoff for Father’s Hope

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MILTON – A local non-profit will hold a kickoff event next month and they hope to raise some money at the same time.  Father’s Hope was established in September of last year by Kevin Mertz of Milton.  Their mission is to collect stuffed animals and send them to orphanages around the world.  Schools groups, organizations and more also create handmade cards to send to the children. Mertz says he has been overwhelmed by the support so far.  “The kids love receiving things and having people there for them.  It also sparks an interest in local children at schools to be involved with this project.  It gives them a sense of pride and community.” Mertz says…

Penn State Update: Lawyers target Spanier

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  STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State’s civil defense lawyer is defending comments made by its former president shortly after two of his top deputies were arrested more than a year ago. University attorney Nancy Conrad on Friday again sought dismissal of Mike McQueary’s defamation and whistleblower lawsuit. She says Graham Spanier’s remarks in support of Tim Curley and Gary Schultz were taken out of context.   Conrad says Spanier in November 2011 said more than “the charges are groundless.” She says the expanded quote was that “I am confident the record will show that these charges are groundless and that they conducted themselves professionally and appropriately.” McQueary was a witness in the Jerry…

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  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A third Republican state senator is breaking with conservatives and Gov. Tom Corbett to support an expansion of Medicaid eligibility under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reports Sen. Lloyd Smucker told a town hall meeting Wednesday that the federal dollars accompanying the expansion would ease the burden on Lancaster General and other hospitals that treat the uninsured. Two other Republican senators publicly support it. They are Senate Banking and Insurance Committee Chairman Don White of Indiana County and Majority Policy Committee Chairman Edwin Erickson of Delaware County. Corbett isn’t embracing the expansion and says he’s concerned about the cost to Pennsylvania taxpayers. An expansion would…

F&M pollster talks about political disconnect in Harrisburg

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UNDATED – There is a disconnect between state legislators and their constituents.  That is the view of Dr. Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin and Marshall College poll.  Madonna says legislators should focus not just on whether or not the public supports or does not support an issue, but how much of an impact those issues may have. “We all have views on things, but that doesn’t mean the views we have on items are overly important to us,” says Madonna. “When we talk about liquor stores, every poll I have done and others have done show support for selling the liquor stores.  But, the last time I looked, you do not sit around the…

LARA changes name, continues programs

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LEWISBURG – The Lewisburg Area Recreation Authority is changing its name, but not its schedule.  LARA has decided to embrace its broader communities, by becoming the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority.   Katie Davis is the organization’s director.  She said while the activities and facilities used to be confined to Lewisburg, they have expanded.  “The reason for the change is just to broaden the areas that we are reaching out to.  We’ve grown a lot over the last 10 years, so our name change sort of reflects that,” she said.   With the popularity of the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail, the organization has been acquiring members from as far away as Lancaster.  Davis said they hope…

Craft bingo to benefit two residents in New Berlin

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NEW BERLIN — A special craft bingo event is set for Sunday to benefit both a man who was blinded when he was shot, and a young man with a severe head injury. This is the third year the bingo will help Mike Hobbins, who was shot on New Berlin Mountain during spring turkey season in 2010. The benefit will also support Taylor Bingaman, a recent graduate of Mifflinburg High School, who sustained a severe head injury after a fall on the stairs and is being treated in Philadelphia.   The craft bingo will be held Sunday at the New Berlin Social Hall. Doors open at noon with an Early Bird Game at 1:45 a.m….

Teen mob being busted in Sunbury

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SUNBURY — Sunbury Police continue their investigation into multiple assaults near the Shikellamy Middle/High School building and arrests begin today for those involved. Sunbury Police Corporal Jamie Quinn said she has begun filing charges against several students involved.   Sunbury Police Chief Stephen Mazzeo said, “We have worked positively with the Shikellamy School District on multiple levels to resolve this issue. Sunbury Police and the city of Sunbury are very committed to anti-bullying and providing a safe environment for our children. Currently we are in the middle of a lengthy investigation to resolve a series of assaults and to put some of these individuals into the criminal justice system.”   Mazzeo says this is not…

Route 54 improvements in Danville get a boost

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DANVILLE — Federal Highway Safety Funds totaling almost a half-million-dollars have been earmarked for improvements on Route 54 in Danville. The funding will provide safety improvements to Route 54 near Danville Middle School, in conjunction with the Danville Flood Control Project.   Last year, $3.8-million in state funds was secured to complete the Danville Flood Control System. The funding also provides protection for the Middle School, which was heavily damaged by Tropical Storm Lee and is being re-built.   In addition to rail crossing improvements, the funding will provide for a new signal system at Route 54, including signals to protect the middle school pedestrian crossing and middle school entrance. It is estimated bids could…

NCAA Tournament selection show at Campus Theater

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LEWISBURG — Following the Bucknell men’s basketball Patriot League Tournament victory, many are wondering who Bucknell will play in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The schedules will be announced on Sunday evening and the public is invited to join the men’s basketball team for the announcement at the Campus Theater in Lewisburg.   Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the selection show beings at 6 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend the free event. Bucknell’s opening game will be next Thursday or Friday.   Follow

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WKOK.com’s On The Mark 8:30am: Another raucous open phones session with co-host Ben Reichley. We’ll revisit S-U’s natural gas decision.   Dan Patrick 10am: Patrick Ewing and Cal Ripken Jr.   Michael Smerconish noon: The sound of the week.   WKOK.com’s Steve Jones Show 3 to 5pm: Reviewing Penn State’s basketball season, and previewing Bucknell’s big appearance in March Madness!   WKOK news, AccuWeather, sports, Wall Street Journal and great features…Codi Jade anchoring.   The best of the best and Cal! On WKOK.   Follow