IndyCar racers to visit Geisinger

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DANVILLE — Some very special athletes will be visiting children at the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville Friday.  IZOD IndyCar drivers Josef Newgarden, Sebastian Saavedra and Simona DeSilvestra will participate in the Race for Kids program.  Race for Kids focuses on public awareness and funding for the healthcare needs of children.  The drivers are in town to compete in the Pocono IndyCar 400 at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond Sunday.  They will visit the kids on the Geisinger Medical Center campus at 10:00a.m. (Sara Bartlett)      

Staying safe on the water

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UNDATED — As the water level of the Susquehanna River begins to recede, more boaters will be out on the water.  Waterways Conservation officer Steven Boughter says boat safety is of extreme importance for experienced and beginner boaters alike.  “One of the most common violations are people not have lifevests.  It is very important and all boats are required to have them and they have to be U.S. Coast Guard approved and fitted for each person on the boat.” Boughter says there is no open container law on a boat, but while alcohol is allowed, any driver of the boat is prohibited from drinking.  “Boater safety is really the same all the time, it is…

Coal Township fire damages home

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COAL TOWNSHIP — Fire damaged at least one property on Chemung Street in Coal Township Thursday morning. There are no confirmed injuries from the scene and it is thought that all of the occupants of the property got out okay. The American Red Cross has been called to assist people at the scene. More than a dozen volunteer fire companies from neighboring communities were involved in the fire fight and in a standby capacity. The fire was reported at 6:20am and was under control by 9am.  The American Red Cross is assisting.  

Congressman: Major announcement for Sunbury’s storm water

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SUNBURY — U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11, Hazelton) will be in Sunbury next Friday for what his staffers call a major announcement regarding a federal investment in Sunbury’s storm water system.  The announcement is in conjunction with SEDA-COG. Barletta will first tour Sunbury Textile Mills.  He then is expected to make the announcement.  The public is invited to the announcement at 10:30a.m. next Friday. (Sara Bartlett)  

VIDEO HERE: Stars, Stripes and Sousa in Lewisburg

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LEWISBURG— The Union County Veterans Fourth of July activities wrapped up with Stars, Stripes and Sousa! It was music in the park Wednesday evening, which was moved into the Lewisburg High School auditorium due to the threat of storms. The Penn Central Wind Band performed, directed by William Kenny. Kenny spoke about the type of music his band plays saying, ” Most of the music is vintage band music. Music anywhere from 100 years old some is even older, because tonight is the 150th anniversary of the end of the battle of Gettysburg we are doing two pieces specifically that commemorate the civil war. One is a variation on Dixie and you might guess the…

Golf tournament for Rail Trail

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LEWISBURG—The first annual Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority Golf Tournament will be held on July 20 at Wynding Brook Golf Club. All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail.   Lewisburg Pool Manager, Tim Lagerman spoke about the fundraiser saying, “All proceeds from the golf tournament are going to go benefit upkeep and some improvements. Earlier in the year, there was fundraising done, they are putting a midway rest station in, and so this funding is going to go into our maintenance fund for the rail trail. Help pay for the up keep, they are extending the rail trail down to the river so this is going to go in for that.”…

Collapsed home in Shamokin will be demolished

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  SHAMOKIN – The double home that collapsed in Shamokin on Monday will be demolished starting on Friday morning. The News Item reports a contract was awarded to Madonna Enterprises to raze the home at 613 and 615 West Spruce Street. The demolition work will cost the city $21,000. It is expected to take about 10 days to demolish the structure. The work will be paid for with Community Development Block Grant funding, which has been approved by the state. (Ali Stevens)  

Gettysburg battles are ‘commemoration’

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) – Thousands of history buffs have taken a mile-long commemorative march across the Gettysburg field where the Confederate Army made its ill-fated Pickett’s Charge 150 years ago to end the pivotal battle of the Civil War. A National Park Service spokeswoman said it was the most ambitious program ever planned to remember the South’s failed assault, during which 12,000 men in nine brigades tried to break the Union lines. It ended the three-day Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3, 1863.   On Wednesday, visitors broke up into nine groups led by park rangers and re-enactors dressed in period uniforms. The march wasn’t a re-enactment with gunfire and bayonets. The Park Service says it…

PA House and Senate: Progress reported

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A spokesman says Pennsylvania House Republican leaders will decide when to bring rank-and-file members back to Harrisburg after senators stripped a provision from a budget-related bill that they say the House inserted without their approval. The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to send the bill back to the House after stripping out a provision that suggests House and Senate Republican leaders support the legalization of high-interest “payday” loans in Pennsylvania.   Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi says the statement is simply inaccurate and doesn’t belong in legislation. Many consumer groups oppose payday lending. House GOP spokesman Steve Miskin says he doesn’t know who inserted the provision. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a…