Historians discuss Battle of Gettysburg

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GETTYSBURG — As the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg draws near, two local historians gave us a history lesson.   John Deppen, historian and reenactor, says there is more to the Civil War than the simplified version we hear in grade school. “When the Civil War began, the priority for the north was not so much the abolition of slavery, but the restoration of the Union. But as the war went on and as the cost grew ever higher, Lincoln realized that we can’t go back to the way we were. This country has to change.” Deppen said that is where the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment came in.   Fellow reenactor…

Soapbox Derby kicks off Pineknotter Days

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NORTHUMBERLAND — The 14th annual Soapbox Derby was held Saturday morning which officially kicks off Pineknotter Days in Northumberland. Dozens of children participated in the event, racing soap box cars down King Street at Fourth Street. The Northumberland Police Department hosts the event each year.   Today is the annual community church service beginning at 7 p.m. in the King Street Park gazebo. Afte that, the Pineknotter Store and concessions will be open each night this week starting on Monday from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday’s events include entertainment by Re-Creation at 7 p.m. and a presentation of the Pineknotter Good Citizenship Award at 7 p.m. and the Pineknotter of the Year award at 8…

Moving forward on liquor privatization

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Republicans in the Senate this weekend have won a key battle on a proposal to allow private stores to sell wine and liquor. The Saturday vote fell along party lines and the measure must still get full House and Senate approval to get to Governor Tom Corbett’s desk.  The  27-23 vote was cast at 1:20 a.m. Saturday. The plan would allow for major changes in the way liquor and wine is sold in the state.  Beer distributors  would be able to become one-stop shops for all forms of alcohol. Also, beer and  wine could be sold from restaurants and supermarkets with in-store cafes, and  take-out beer could be sold from some…

No vote on a transporation bill

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives adjourned for the day without acting on a state transportation bill, as Republican majority leaders acknowledge they do not have the 102 votes to pass it. The House was widely expected Saturday to debate amendments to the transportation bill, which would boost annual spending for highways, bridges and mass transit by almost $2 billion a year. But lawmakers never took up the bill.   Majority Leader Mike Turzai sought to pin blame on the Democratic minority for withholding votes. But Minority Whip Mike Hanna says Republicans have just 43 votes for the plan and haven’t engaged Democrats on discussing it. He says Democrats prefer the $2.5 billion plan…

Budget approval expected on time

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania lawmakers are expected to approve a state budget on time, but not the companion bills that go with it.   The nearly $28.4 billion spending plan is expected to receive final votes Sunday, the last day of the current fiscal year. But action on bills to implement the budget in areas including education, taxes and human services is likely to be put off until Monday.   It’s unclear how soon lawmakers will begin their summer break, which often occurs once the budget is passed.   Several major non-budget bills remain in limbo, including a transportation funding plan that is awaiting action in the House and a liquor privatization bill that…

AUDIO HERE: Selinsgrove woman wins trip on “Live”

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SELINSGROVE — A Selinsgrove restaurant owner was the winner of a trivia contest on Live with Kelly and Michael Friday morning. Kathy Wendt of Wendt’s Pork Palace was at work at the restaurant at the time producers from the show called her. She was then patched through to host Michael Strahan and guest co-host Erin Andrews. Wendt said, “It was very fun and very nerve-wracking.  And, I got Michael to crack up so that felt good. They just asked me about my business with my husband and making pork barbecue. It was just a blur.” Wendt was then asked the trivia question, based on their show from the previous day. She said, “They asked me who…

AUDIO HERE: Health systems collaborate for Marcellus Shale health research

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DANVILLE – Funding for a study on the health impacts of natural gas drilling comes with a $25 million price tag, but three health systems say the expense is worth it. A longterm study, being done by Geisinger Health System, Susquehanna Health and Guthrie Health, was announced last year says Andrew Deubler, Executive Vice President for the Office of Resource Development at Geisinger. “We are position ourselves to be prepared to create a reservoir of highly qualified data that can be used to assess the health and well being of our community.  We believe the curation of data must be done responsibly and to have that partnership in place, along with the state’s health department,…

Sunbury Veterans Bridge to get median

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  SUNBURY – PennDOT announced Friday morning that a new median will be added to the Veterans Memorial Bridge at Sunbury. The safety project will start Monday and involve reducing the size of the existing east and westbound lanes of Route 61. Then a median strip will be added to the bridge.   The safety project follows a double fatality on the bridge last year where a father and son were killed in a head-on crash. PennDOT rejected the more intensive concrete barrier idea, which was discussed after the crash last July. PennDOT’s Rick Mason said the goal of the narrow middle lane will be to be more forgiving of driver error.   Follow

Lewisburg’s 4th of July Celebration

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LEWISBURG — The heavy rain ended and skies cleared just in time for the Lewisburg fireworks Friday night.  Many came out to Wolfe Field and the surrounding area to watch as the fireworks lit up the sky.  Friday was the kickoff to four days of 4th of July events in Lewisburg. Saturday the 19th annual Veterans 4th of July Parade kicks off at 10:00a.m.  It is followed by a Veterans recognition ceremony at noon, a picnic and band concert and the USO Gala Dance.  Sunday, the Campus Theatre will honor veterans with a showing of A League of Their Own.  Wednesday the Lewisburg Music in the Park will feature the 15th annual Stars, Stripes and…

Fireworks across The Valley

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Fireworks schedule in The Valley Friday, June 28: Lewisburg at 9PM, Wolfe Field. Rain date: Sunday, June 30 at 9PM Saturday, June 29: Hidden Valley Camping Resort, Mifflinburg at 9:30PM Sunday, June 30: Milton at Dusk, Christ Wesleyan Church/Meadowbrook School parking area and playing fields, Stamm Road.  Rain date: Tuesday, July 2 at dusk Wednesday, July 3: Ashland at Dusk, Memorial Field. Rain date: Saturday, July 6 Thursday, July 4: Bloomsburg at Dusk, town park Mifflinburg at 10:15PM, town park Millville at 10PM, Little League Field New Berlin at 10PM, New Berlin Commons – Along Penns Creek State College at 9:15PM Watsontown at 9:15PM, town park Williamsport at 9PM Saturday, July 6: Millville at Midnight,…