Northumberland County ‘4th’ incidents


SUNBURY — All’s well that ends well on the Susquehanna River at Sunbury after volunteers were called for a water rescue Thursday afternoon. The call went in around 6pm for a boat in distress on Lake Augusta. The boat was said to be at risk of going over the fabridam. After emergency responders arrived, they towed the boat to saftey. Northumberland County 9-1-1 sent a half dozen fire and water rescue volunteer crews to that incident. Earlier in the day in Northumberland County, the county coroner James Kelley said a man from New York state died in a stripping pit pond in Mount Carmel Township. Benjamin Taus of New York drown after jumping in the…

Antlerless deer license sales open Monday


HARRISBURG – Sales of antlerless deer licenses in the state begin on Monday. The Pennsylvania Game Commission says deer hunters who want to better their chances of getting an antlerless license will want to send in applications during the first round of sales. The first three weeks applications are accepted, only in-state residents can apply. Antlerless deer license applications must be mailed directly to a county treasurer’s office.   Follow

Annual Quizzo Tourney set in Sunbury

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SUNBURY – The Sixth Annual Bill Hoover Memorial Quizzo Tournament is coming up, so now is the time to put your team together. Organizer Angie Brouse explains, “Quizzo is a six-person trivia pub game that consists of general knowledge trivia questions. Everything from entertainment to sports to religion and history. Teams work together to answer a set of 40 questions. The team with the most answers wins. It turns into a really competitive night, but more importantly, a lot of fun.” Brouse says the tournament benefits two important causes. She said, “When we started this Quizzo tournament, it was for a scholarship fund for Shikellamy High School seniors to help them with expenses for continuing education….

July 4th fire probed in Coal Township

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COAL TOWNSHIP — A state police fire marshal will investigate the cause of a fire at a home in Coal Township Thursday morning. The fire started just after 6 a.m. at a home at 1262 Chemung Street. Five people living in the home got out safely.   The News Item reports the home is owned by Joe Bielski and his wife Linda. They lived their with their three children. One child was treated for a burn on his hand.   Three volunteer firefighters had to be examined after the roof collapsed on them while battling the blaze, but they were all said to be okay. The home was completely destroyed and crews were on the…

Pineknotter Days hosts July 4th celebration


NORTHUMBERLAND–What started as a celebration of country pride has carried what is now Pineknotters Days into its 41st year running. The week-long celebration welcomed thousands to the streets of Northumberland with live music, carnival games, balloon animals, and even a drum circle. Long-time volunteer Taylor Fazzini said the sense of community is what keeps her coming back year after year.   I’ve probably been coming to Pineknotters since I was a kid. I’ve been helping with the bandstand since I was in 8th grade. This year, I’m doing the cake stand because I love seeing how excited people get when they win things. Especially all the little kids are so enthusiastic about everything and for…

Two drown in river at Lock Haven


LOCK HAVEN, Pa. (AP) – Authorities in central Pennsylvania say a man and woman drowned after venturing out on the rain-swollen Susquehanna River on flotation devices and apparently being swept over a dam.   Officials in Clinton County say the accident was reported at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday between Lock Haven and Woodward Township.   Mike Fetzer, assistant chief of the Dunnstown Fire Company, says three people were using flotation devices and apparently became caught in the current of the river, which is running high after recent rains, and were swept over the small dam.   Fetzer says the bodies of a man and woman were later recovered and they were pronounced dead by the…