Local Scout leader talks ‘equality’

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UNDATED – This month a controversial vote will take place to decide whether homosexuals are allowed to be members and leaders of the Boy Scouts of America. The BSA said most recently that it is considering allowing gay members but not allowing gay leaders, a decision Justin Charles, founder of the Susquehanna Boy Scout Equality Group, does not understand.  “I think it is the weirdest concept in the world that they would not allow homosexual adult leaders at the same time.  You have come to the pinnacle of your education as a Scout and now you want to give back to the organization, but you are not welcome.” In February, the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way…

Crosscutters to hold National Anthem auditions

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WILLIAMSPORT — Interested in performing the National Anthem at a Williamsport Crosscutters game?  Auditions are being held tomorrow from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport. The Crosscutters are interested in all types of performers including soloists, groups, and musicians of any age.  Auditions must be kept under one minute and thirty seconds. Performers will be heard on a first come, first served basis during the audition time.  Winners will be selected by a group of celebrity judges and notified at a later date.  The Crosscutters 15th anniversary season opens on June 18 at Historic Bowman Field.  (Codi Jade)   Follow

Local rugby team rucks, scrums and donates

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SELINSGROVE — A local rugby team did more than ruck and scrum this weekend.  The Susquehanna University rugby teams donated $3,000 to the SUN Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.   After playing their alumni game on Saturday, the men’s team presented Chapter Executive Tom Szulanczyk with the check.  The men’s and women’s teams raised the money by asking donors to pledge 25 cents or more for each point the teams scored throughout the season.  They also asked for general donations and company sponsorships.  Each player was responsible for at least $50 in donations.   Szulanczyk said, “We are grateful when young people think to make this kind of effort on our behalf.  This is…

Take A Day Off to Volunteer

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Sunbury- This Friday May 3rd the United Way is hosting A Day of Action, but what is a day of action you ask? Randy Shroyer from the United Way explained, ” Basically it is an opportunity for people in the community to help out non for profits in the area.. that they would have to pay somebody to do.” The Day of Action allows for local employers to lend their employees to help non-profits in the community.   Shroyer discussed some examples of projects going on during  The Day of Action. Children’s Discovery Center, Degenstein Community Library, and Donald Heiter Community Center are some of the places local businesses are making an impact. So are…

Environmentalist: Tire burner bad for public

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ALLENWOOD — A local company is planning to create their own energy — by burning tires.  Environmentalists argue that this process is unnecessary and will release pollutants into the atmosphere.   Rich Smith is a board member of Organizations United for the Environment.   He said, “The tire burner is planned at the National Gypsum Corporation.  They are planning to burn approximately 100-million-tons of tires a year there.  In a decade that is over a billion tons of tires.  That is their source of energy.”   Smith believes this is a very dangerous form of energy.  “Tires contain 50 or 60 rather nasty chemicals,” he said.  “When burned they are released into the atmosphere.  We don’t…

Geisinger March for Babies is Sunday

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Danville- Want to get some exercise and donate to a great cause? What cause is greater than helping local babies? The March of Dimes Walk Sunday May 5th will raise money for babies born prematurely and those born with medical conditions. Local Geisinger Dr. James Cook discussed the importance of the March of Dimes as a charity by explaining how March of Dimes is responsible for decreasing the rate in premature births. In the last three or four years the country has begun to experience its first decline in premature births.   Dr. Cook went on to discuss how March of Dimes is present in the local community, even at Geisinger’s Neonatal unit, Geisinger has…

Burglar uses a brick to get into a home in Turbotville

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TURBOTVILLE — A burglar threw a brick through a window to get into a home in Turbotville yesterday. State police say the suspect entered a home on Showers Road in Lewis Township sometime during the day through a kitchen window. Once inside, the suspect stole loose change and two diamond rings. Damage and losses are estimated at $1,200. Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to call state police at Milton. (Ali Stevens) Follow

PennDOT project in Lewisburg is finished

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LEWISBURG — A PennDOT project at the intersection of Route 15 south and Route 45 west in Lewisburg is now finished. The work wrapped up at the end of last week and the detour was lifted on Saturday morning. PennDOT was doing manhole rehabilitation work, which wasn’t supposed to be finished until Monday, but they were able to get it done quicker than expected. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Construction owner: Prevailing wage anachronistic

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  UNDATED — There are two bills currently in the state house which would raise what most people think is the outdated prevailing wage. Prevailing wage is a rate paid for publicly funded projects that cost at least $25,000.   The rate has not changed since 1961 and Todd Ross, President and CEO of T. Ross Brothers Construction Inc. in Montandon, says he does not understand why the rate has not raised with inflation. “If you went back and did the calculations of inflation throughout the years, the wage should be $188,000 at this point in time. I’m not sure why we aren’t looking at that.”   One piece of legislation looks to raise the…

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  BEAVER, Pa. (AP) – A judge says a western Pennsylvania sheriff accused of threatening to cut a political campaign worker’s hands off and shoot an online news reporter should go to trial. Judge Michael L. Gerheim heard nearly five hours of testimony Monday before agreeing most of the 11 charges against Beaver County Sheriff George David should go to trial. A grand jury report says David delivered expletive-fueled rants and uttered a racial slur to his victims. It says he threatened to cut off and eat a campaign volunteer’s hands. David denies the charges and remains in office because county officials are powerless to remove him and state legislators haven’t tried to. He was…