Groundbreaking at outdoor adventure area


SHAMOKIN – Friday is an exciting day for the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area Authority.   A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at the proposed trailhead in Coal Township. Jim Backes is the chairman of the AOAA Authority.  He said, “The groundbreaking is the start of our construction.  We are leasing 6,500 acres and developing a great trailhead facility on that plot.  We’ll be doing a building and parking lot in that area.” Senator John Gordner (R-27th, Berwick), Representative Kurt Masser (R-107th, Elysburg), county commissioners, authority members, the secretary of DCNR and Coal Township Commissioners are all expected to be at the groundbreaking. Backes said, “We invited a lot of the people that helped to bring us…

Rudy Gelnett music series continues


SELINSGROVE — The Rudy Gelnett Summer Music Series continues in Selinsgrove tonight.  Ten bands will be playing throughout the summer in the Selinsgrove Commons. This week Faculty Lounge, will perform and guitarist Larry Roth says they are honored to perform at a series named after a great man.  “It turns out Gelnett had been saving his money and really loved his hometown of Selinsgrove.  He left a bunch of money and Selinsgrove has been using it for some really good stuff, including the new library, this music program and much more.” David Imhoof is the singer of the aptly named Faculty Lounge.  “We all started as faculty members at SusquehannaUniversity and three of the four…

President of Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce resigns


SELINSGROVE — After four years as president of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, Charlie Ross has resigned.  A release issued Thursday says Ross resigned Monday in order to “pursue other opportunities.”  Ross came to The Valley in 2009 from Western Maryland. Jim Barbarich, a long-time board member and current board of directors’ chairman has been named interim president.  Barbarich lives in Danville and is the President and CEO of MC Federal Credit Union in Danville.  He says he is excited to serve as interim president and “looks forward to working with the staff to ensure continued excellence of existing services while exploring new opportunities for growth and change.” The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber…

UPDATE: Police find teen in Mount Carmel woods


MOUNT CARMEL – The Marion Heights teen missing since Monday was found Wednesday.  The search for 17-year-old Mackenzie Greco ended around 4:00p.m. when police found him in a wooded area south of Seventh Street.  Greco was spotted earlier in the day Wednesday when police saw him running back into the woods in Mount Carmel borough.  Law enforcement organized a large search and located Greco in the afternoon. The teen was taken to Geisinger Medical Center for evaluation.  It is unclear why Greco left his home Monday night and ran from police Wednesday morning.  Police cancelled the missing person advisory and say Greco is “safe and uninjured.” (Sara Bartlett) Follow

Geisinger’s still looking for gas study money


  PITTSBURGH (AP) – An important study on possible health impacts of natural gas drilling is still looking for additional funding. Geisinger Health System spokeswoman Amanda O’Rourke said Wednesday the $1 million grant that was announced in February 2012 remains the only funding for a project that was projected to cost at least $25 million.   Geisinger plans to look at health histories of hundreds of thousands of patients who live near Marcellus Shale gas wells in Pennsylvania.   O’Rourke says small-scale pilot studies on trauma, births, asthma and pulmonary disease are moving forward. But pilot studies don’t provide definitive answers to medical questions. Geisinger says conclusions about whether drilling is safe are likely years…