Nutritionist: Keep dad healthy for Fathers Day

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SUNBURY — In honor of Fathers Day, this week is considered Men’s Health Week.  Beth Stark, healthy living coordinator at Weis Markets, said men generally don’t take care of themselves as well as they should.   “Fathers Day is coming up, so we just want to acknowledge some ways to show the men in your life some love,” Stark said.  “We’d like to get them aware of different screening they should be undergoing, because early detection is very important for a lot of diseases that effect men…  Getting them aware of different ways that they can feel better, look better, and overall lower their risk for diseases.”   Stark said one of the best gifts…

Snyder County family displaced by fire

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PORT TREVORTON — A family is displaced by fire in Snyder County.  According to Emergency Services, the fire started in a bedroom at the home on Locust Grove Road in Port Trevorton.  The fire was reported around 4:00p.m. Thursday.  Crews from across SnyderCounty responded. The American Red Cross is assisting the three adults and two children who were displaced by the fire.  The family received food, clothing and shelter.  No injuries were reported.  (Codi Jade)   Follow

Unique events to mark summer in The Valley

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SUNBURY— The Valley is welcoming summer.  An impressive turnout marked June’s meeting for the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce.   Held at the scenic Tall Cedars of Lebanon Forest 65 in Sunbury, the chamber hosted speaker Andrew Miller of the Susquehanna Valley Visitors Bureau.  He said residents and visitors will have a lot to look forward to this year with a host of unique opportunities in the coming months. “Events bring more and more people in, so it’s really a great way to get tourists and visitors in. We recently did a survey and people have visited the area more than 10 times in the last 2 years, which is amazing. So people are…

Three injured in Route 61 crash

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PAXINOS — Three people were injured in a lunchtime crash on Route 61 in Paxinos Thursday.  According to Stonington State Police, the crash occured after a Sunbury man failed to stop at a red light just after 12:00p.m.   Reports say 19-year-old Zachari Santey of Sunbury was traveling southbound on Route 61 when he attempted to turn left onto Route 487 instead of stopping at the red light.  36-year-old Heather Mehefko of Shamokin was driving northbound along Route 61 as Santey entered the intersection.  Mehefko was unable to stop and struck Santey’s vehicle.   Mehefko and her 10 and 8-year old passengers were injured in the accident.  Santey was not injured.  All people involved in…

Milton Relay for Life starts Friday

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MILTON — The Milton Relay for Life came so close to raising $50,000 for cancer research last year.  They donated $46,250 to the American Cancer Society in 2012.  This year, Milton hopes to reach or exceed that $50,000 mark. The Milton Relay for Life kicks off at 1:00p.m. Friday at the Milton High School Alumni Field.  The event will continue through 1:00p.m. Saturday.  Participants will walk through the night to raise money for the fight against cancer.  Even if you are not a member of a relay team, you may still attend the relay and enjoy the concessions and entertainment for a good cause.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Elks celebrate Flag Day in Norry

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NORTHUMBERLAND — Friday is Flag Day and the Sunbury Elks want you to celebrate with them in Northumberland.   Slade Shreck is exalted ruler of the Elks.  He said Flag Day is important to the Elks, and it has been for quite a while.  “The Elks has been doing Flag Day basically since 1907,” he said.  “Harry Truman signed into law to make Flag Day June 14, and it’s because a lot of the stuff the Elks has done from 1907 to that point.”   Bill Troutman, chairman of the Flag Day celebration, said this year will be different.  “All the years that I was involved in it, we did it in Sunbury.  This year…

Fireman’s parade in Freeburg is postponed

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FREEBURG — The Freeburg Fireman’s Parade scheduled for tonight has been postponed until 4 p.m. on Saturday because of possible inclement weather. Following the parade on Saturday, there is a dedication planned at 8 p.m. at the Freeburg Carnival Grounds for the Freeburg Fire Department’s new brush fire truck.   A presentation about the brush fire truck will be given by Terry Smith from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The vehicle will also be dedicated to someone special, according to Deputy Fire Chief Jason Kaufman. The public is welcome to attend the ceremony. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Man pinned under his car in Riverside

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RIVERSIDE – A Bloomsburg man is listed in fair condition at Geisinger Medical Center after he was pinned under a car in Riverside yesterday. The incident happened before noon Wednesday when a car fell on the chest of 33-year-old Nathaniel Shingler, who was working under the car in his driveway when it fell on him after the jack failed. He was pinned under the vehicle for about 20 minutes at a home off Kipps Run Road in Riverside. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Barletta says change is needed for pediatric transplants

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  SUNBURY – Now that a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl has received a lung transplant, after battling with a court to get an adult lung, Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11th, Hazleton) says changes are needed in the system. Barletta said he took the case of Sarah Murnaghan to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.   Barletta said, “I wanted to know some very specific questions. Sarah was being denied an opportunity to go into the pool of adult patients who needed transplants because she’s only 10-years-old and not 12 and Sarah was running out of time.”   Barletta explains Sebelius’response to his questions. He said, “My questions to Sebelius were very direct. I asked if we…

Gov. Corbett gets rid of one of his officials

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(Photo courtesy the website of State Senator Gene Yaw. Pictured left to right, district forestor Jeff Prowant, Allan, Yaw and house member Garth Everett) HARRISBURG — No reason is being disclosed, but the governor has asked for–and received–the resignation of the DCNR secretary. In a short news release, issued by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, his spokesman said the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources secretary Richard Allan is out. An acting secretary has been appointed. Allan is from Cumberland County and was appointed about two years ago. His department recently was part of a packed DEP hearing in Lycoming County, soliciting opinions about allowing drilling for natural gas in the Loyalsock Forest. That decision is still…