Gas prices dropping.. slowly

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LEWISBURG — Gas prices may still be considered high, but they are on their way down.  According to AAA East Central, gas prices in The Valley dropped over nine cents to an average $3.691 per gallon this week. Nationally, today’s average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.69.  That is a penny less than one week ago, two cents less than one month ago, and fifteen cents less than the price one year ago. AAA says, gas prices are down regionally almost 12 cents year-over-year.  Locally, Lewisburg is currently the cheapest place to fill up your tank.  Gas prices there are averaging $3.623 today.  Sunbury gas prices are around $3.695.  Selinsgrove is…

More opposition to Boy Scout discrimination

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SHAMOKIN – Another United Way chapter is taking a stand against discrimination.  The Lower Anthracite Region United Way (LARUW) is joining the Greater Susquehanna Valley chapter in withholding funds to the Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts of America is still reviewing its policy of not granting membership to homosexuals.  The United Way chapters say until they resolve the issue, they will not fund the boy scouts. According to the News Item, the board of the Lower   Anthracite Region United Way decided to vote on the issue after hearing news of the Greater Susquehanna Valley chapter’s decision.  The vote was unanimous. The board later issued a statement saying they do not “condone discrimination…

Climate Change an issue for future generations

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SUNBURY – Is Climate Change detrimental to our future?  Two local environmentalists say we may escape it, but it is our children we need to look out for. Jack Miller and Nicole Faraguna are environmental bloggers that believe Climate Change is inevitable if the world continues on the same path.   Miller said, “I think we’re in trouble.  Somebody at my age, I’ll probably escape most of it.  My concern is, our children and grandchildren.  You can’t say you love your children without being concerned about their future.”   Faraguna agreed.  She said, “We have released 1400 gigatons of carbon into the air already, and scientists say we have a budget of about 500 additional…

Snow can actually keep plants safe

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MIDDLEBURG — When many people think spring, they think of flowers.  But, with snow still on the ground in many parts of The Valley, are the plants being effected?  Sean Parker, is a designer and estimator at Shaffer Landscapes in Middleburg and says, actually, the snow may help bulbs that may have peaked over the month’s warmer weather.  “The snow does act as an insulator.  It keeps the bulbs safe and also the buds safe to a point.” Parker says there are certain times of year when it is better to plant.  “As far as planting shrubs, you can plant them any time.  For bulbs and perennials, you probably want to wait until April.  Any…

Bison take off today for the Big Dance

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LEWISBURG — The Bucknell University men’s basketball team prepares to make their way to Lexington, Kentucky to take on Butler in the NCAA tournament. Head coach Dave Paulsen says he thinks his team is ready to play in the University of Kentucky’s Rupp Arena.  “We played at Missouri this season, which is a huge arena, the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State is a huge venue, our team played at the Verizon Center two years ago and the Carrier Dome a year ago,” says Paulsen.  “This is a veteran group that shouldn’t be too shook by where they are.  We’ll get a lot of shooting up in Rupp and get our sea legs there, but…

Explosion during training kills 7 Marines

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Marine Corps says seven Marines have been killed in a training accident at the Hawthorne Army Depot, Nev.  The Corps said in a statement Tuesday that the accident at around 10 p.m. Monday also injured several with the 2nd Marine Division. The cause is under investigation. The injured were taken to area hospitals for treatment and further evaluation.  The identities of those killed were not released pending notification of their families.  The Hawthorne Army Depot stores and disposes of ammunition. The facility is made up of hundreds of buildings spread over more than 230 square miles.  

Today on Newsradio 1070 WKOK

Today onWKOK:   WKOK’s On The Mark 8:30am: Open phones with Mark Lawrence, then environmental activists Nicole Faraguna and Jack Miller visit WKOK.   Dan Patrick 10am: Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and sportswriter Tim Cowlishaw.   Michael Smerconish noon: The sound of the week.   WKOK’s Steve Jones show: More of the detailed preview of NCAA and Bucknell’s upcoming game.   The best of the best, and we got Jack! On WKOK!  

Fire investigation continues

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RANSHAW – The investigation continues into a Ranshaw fire that damaged four homes.  The blaze broke out around 8:30a.m. Monday at 518 Webster   Street.  That home is owned by 80-year-old Janet Millard, who escaped injury in the blaze.  She is being assisted by the Red Cross following the extensive damage to her home.  Homes at 514 and 520 were also damaged.  Investigators say an unattended candle may have been a cause of the fire. (Sara Bartlett)      

March of Dimes Hosts 4th Annual NICU Reunion

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  DANVILLE — The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Geisinger held its fourth annual reunion Sunday at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. Doctors, nurses, and therapists were greeted by children and their families who came to reunite with those that helped them through what many claimed was the most difficult time in their lives.   One young mother spoke about how the staff helped her through the 5-week period that her newborn twins were in the NICU. “It was very emotional for me and I was full of anxiety. It was very scary but it was a traumatic experience that turned into an amazing experience because of the people that worked with us every…

Fish and Boat Commission works with drilling companies

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  UNDATED — Some drilling companies are working with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission one particular issue. Drillers are interested in avoiding additional costs and fines. The commission is interested in mapping and assessing remote trout streams.   Drilling companies are interested in using ‘ Best Management Practices’ to avoid negative interaction with streams and to avoid unnecessary expenses. The drillers have been helpful, says Robert Weber is a fisheries biologist with the Fish and Boat Commission and also the unassessed waters initiative coordinator.   “We can help tell the Marcellus Shale industry which watersheds they will make a big impact on. They are profit-driven, so that saves them having to do best management…