Special honors for LASD

Lewisburg Area school board

Lewisburg- There were a lot of reasons to celebrate at Lewisburg’s School Board Meeting. National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) awarded the school district for its commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education for the third year in a row.   To celebrate this honor the board invited Middle School Choral director and NAMM Award recipient Lynn Berg to come to the meeting. Berg wheeled in her piano to Lewisburg’s School Board meeting and accompanied two students in a song from Cinderella. The musical treat for the board and those in attendance highlighted the emphasis the district has given to the arts.   Along with the musical honors the Lewisburg Area…

Bait and tackle shop welcomes Trout Season


SUNBURY — Saturday is opening day for trout season, and bait and tackle shops across The Valley are preparing for their busiest time of the year.  Hollenbach’s in Sunbury is kicking the season off with overnight hours.   Dean Hollenbach is the shop owner.  He said, “Friday night we are open all night, and usually people come in straight through the night.  Guys come in early in the morning Saturday to get their minnies that way they don’t have to try to hold them overnight.”   He said fishing has not lost its popularity, as the sale of fishing licenses seems to be up this year.  He said it’s a great activity that’s cheap for…

Fundraiser to benefit disabled kids boasts band, pig roast

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LAURELTON– Lifting Little Lives’ 4th annual fundraiser will benefit ill and disabled children in central PA. Members Butch Heim and Jeremy Kahley said the Roast and Run for Little Ones will feature karaoke, a pig roast, and 3 local bands. Participants must buy 6 raffle tickets at $5 apiece to attend the event. Winners of the raffle stand to claim a cash prize, but Kahley said that most people remain charitable even in the face of victory. “Almost every year, people wind up donating the money right back to us that win the raffle drawing. It kind of works out really great for the organization as well.” Performances by Small Town Titans, Sucker Punch, and…

Sunbury man the victim of credit card fraud


SUNBURY — A Sunbury man was the victim of credit card fraud.  According to State Police in Stonington, someone used the man’s credit card to purchase an Apple Iphone.   The purchase took place on April 11 at 11:30a.m.  A total of $422.94 was charged to the Apple  Online Store, without the cardholders authorization.  Police are still investigating.  (Codi Jade)   Follow

Lewisburg’s Walk MS event to draw crowds

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LEWISBURG– The annual Walk MS event in Lewisburg is likely to draw in hundreds of participants. Held at the American Legion in Lewisburg on Sunday April 21st, the event supports a great cause. Site coordinator Sherry Welshans said that the event raises money for programs and medical research for the 6,700 people who suffer from MS in the area. A mother of a child with MS, Welshans expressed gratitude for the community’s involvement in the annual event. She thanked sponsors and volunteers who helped make Walk MS a possibility each year. “I want to thank all the volunteers and also, Kohl’s Cares, which is a thing that Kohl’s Department Stores do. They supply volunteers for…

Help keep the Susquehanna clean


SUNBURY — As spring is in full swing, there are many things to do on the river.  Zach Stotter, founder and coordinator of the Susquehanna River Cleanup Project, believes cleaning can be the most rewarding.   Stotter said keeping the river clean is important, and everyone can help.  “I think there’s a lot of people around who care about the environment, but there’s not always something you can do to take out the pollution such as chemicals coming from plants.  What you can do, physically, is take out the garbage.”   Stotter said this May will be the second year for the cleanup, and everyone is welcome to help.  “Volunteers will be given a particular…

Hartleton man gets jail time in DUI crash

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HARTLETON — A Hartleton man got a lengthy sentence today for a DUI crash that killed his girlfriend.  According to Union County District Attorney Pete Johnson, 22-year-old Christopher Wirth was sentenced to 9 years and 10 months to 25 years in state prison. He is charged in the January 2012 incident where he is accused of driving drunk, crashing and killing his girlfriend, 21-year-old Allison VonNeida.  A friend, 22-year-old Desiree Cronin, was also in the vehicle at the time of the crash. The accident took place along Route 235 near Laurelton. Union-Snyder Senior Judge Louise Knight presided over Wirth’s trial. Wirth is charged with several counts including, vehicular homicide while driving under the influence of…

Careerlink helps both job seekers and employers


NEW BERLIN – Employers around the region have a valuable resource in the Pennsylvania CareerLink. That was the message at Thursday’s Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Meeting at the Sun Area Technical School in New Berlin. Sue Snyder is the director of the CareerLink in Sunbury and Bloomsburg and spoke about their assistance in the communities.   Snyder said, “Our job is to find talented people to fit in with your businesses. Everyday we get to help people. But, it’s really more personal, because you have to understand that most of the people that we work with live in this area. We want to live in communities that are strong and where everyone that wants…

Building fire in Beavertown

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BEAVERTOWN — Volunteer firefighters were called to the scene of a kitchen fire in an apartment building in Beavertown Thursday morning. The fire started just before 10 a.m. at 104 E. Market Street. Firefighters say it started near a stove that caused a lot of smoke and minor damage. Fire Chief Brad Rheam of the Rescue Hose Company in Beavertown said the firefight was a fast one.   Rheam said, “When we arrived, we didn’t see any smoke from the exterior. I went to the second floor and found the entrance to the hallway with dark smoke. When our engine arrived, we ran one hose line into the apartment and extinguished the fire. We really…

Penn State Update: Sue Paterno speaks

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  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The widow of longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno says she and her husband were ignorant about sexual predators like Jerry Sandusky. Speaking at a child-abuse prevention program, Sue Paterno says she and her husband sometimes unknowingly helped Sandusky “groom” the boys he abused, believing he was helping them find a better life.   Paterno says she was horrified to learn Sandusky sexually abused several young boys. A probe completed last summer accused Joe Paterno, who died in January 2012, and three former Penn State administrators of covering up an abuse allegation about Sandusky more than a decade ago in an attempt to shield the university from bad publicity. The…