VIDEO HERE: Inside SECV’s new facility

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See inside the new Service Electric Cablevision facility: NORTHUMBERLAND – When you turn on the television or surf the Internet you do not necessarily think about how all the information is getting to you. That is part of the job of Service Electric Cablevision in Northumberland, and they are hoping their new facility will serve their customers even better says manager Dwight Walter.  “This is an eight acre site and the reason we bought it is because it is central with the purchase of CATV.  With being along Route 11, it is also advantageous.” The building along Route 11 includes a bigger office area for customer service representatives, a spacious lobby, garage space for trucks…

Sunbury Celebration celebrates recreation’

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SUNBURY— The excitement continues in Sunbury this week with the annual Sunbury Celebration. Cheryl Delsite, administrative assistant in the Mayor’s office spoke about a new attraction to the celebration saying, “new this year as a fundraiser we are doing laser tag at the Sunbury ice rink on the ice rink floor — of course there is no ice.  It is $5 for a twenty minute game and you can play that during pool hours.  It is open Monday through Friday, 12 pm until 7 pm and Saturday it will be open from 11:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.” The celebration kicked off last Saturday with the Light Up the Sky kick ball tournament to benefit the fireworks.  Other attractions coming upthis…

Susquehanna Valley Young Survivors comes to Lewisburg

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SUNBURY– A Central Pennsylvania group committed to helping cancer patients is meeting in Lewisburg this week.   The Susquehanna Valley Young Survivors is an organization that reaches out to comfort those that are battling or have survived cancer. Shelly Walter, a nurse navigator at Geisinger spoke about how this organization came together saying, “We pulled together a group consisting of American Cancer Society, Leukemia, Lymphoma Society, and the cancer department at Geisinger, EvangelicalCommunityHospital and also Cancer Care of Central Pennsylvania.” The Susquehanna Valley Young Survivors meet every second Friday of the month at various restaurants in the SusquehannaValley. Dara Scheidler of SVYS spoke about their monthly meetings. Scheidler said, “It’s just a good time, I mean…

PPL talks power outages across The Valley

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SUNBURY — Following strong storms Sunday evening, many people throughout The Valley were without power for several hours.  Teri MacBride of PPL said nearly 20,000 customers lost power, some into Monday evening.   “It affected some of our transmission lines,  as well as our distribution lines,” she said. “Transmission lines are the ones that carry bulk power.  The reason for that was a tree that fell on the transmission line in the Middleburg area… That is what happened in SnyderCounty, but we also had service problems in Northumberland and UnionCounty as well.”   MacBride said they received reports on over 114 cases of trouble to address, so outside crews were brought in to help.   “We…

DEP to review public comment on tire burner facility

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WHITE DEER – Two months after a meeting proposing a tire burning facility in White Deer Township, Union County, a public comment period has ended. According to DEP spokesman Dan Spadoni, they received 250 written comments, 62 phone calls, 177 signatures on a petition and 22 people who testified at the public hearing.  Now, it is time for DEP to do the work.  “Our air quality program must review all of the comments received and we must prepare a response to the relevant questions and concerns raised in the comments.  It will then be issued at the time we make a final decision on the air quality plan approval application.” Spadoni says it will take…

Repairing storm damage at St. Pius X

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SELINSGROVE – A Selinsgrove church will be busy repairing damage after their steeple was blown down on Sunday afternoon during a gusty thunderstorm. Church officials at St. Pius X say there was also minor damage to the roof and they are hoping repairs will begin today. They would like to replace the steeple, which was a gift from the contractor when the new church was built in 2008. The image of the steeple was incorporated in the church’s logo, so they hope to have the steeple repaired quickly. Father Dan Powell was not in town during the storm, so was unable to comment on the extent of damage. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Girls on the Run expands into two more counties

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SELINSGROVE — Girls on the Run of the Greater Susquehanna Valley has announced they are now expanding into Northumberland and Montour Counties. The program is currently found in school districts in Snyder and Union County, but will now be available in all seven school districts in Northumberland County and in the Danville School District.   Cheryl Stumpf is executive director of the Girls on the Run program. She said, “This is way beyond my strategic plan when I initially started Girls on the Run in the Valley. I intended to expand into Northumberland County, but that wasn’t going to happen for several years yet. But, we have saturated Union and Snyder Counties, so this opportunity…

Tuition at state universities going up

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HARRISBURG — Tuition is going up this fall at the state’s 14 public universities.   Officials announced Tuesday that it will cost $194 more per year to attend schools in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. That’s up 3 percent from last year.   The annual cost of tuition for in-state residents now totals $6,622. Rates are also going up for non-resident and graduate students.   The universities are in Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester.   About 115,000 students attend the schools, and about 90 percent are from Pennsylvania.     Follow

Fire damages a home in the Watsontown area

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WATSONTOWN – Multiple volunteer fire companies were called out for a house fire this morning in Northumberland County. The fire started just before 8 a.m. at 194 True Blue Road in Delaware Township near Watsontown. Fire crews from Milton, Watsontown, White Deer and Turbot Townships were on the scene for more than an hour battling the two-alarm fire. The home was described as a two and a half story farmhouse. Smoke was pouring from the home when firefighters arrived. There were no injuries reported.   Follow

Some burning complaints in Sunbury

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Wood burners causing some irritation in Sunbury   SUNBURY– The burning issue of legal, outdoor wood burners, popped up again last evening in Sunbury. The city council heard from residents who are concerned about open burning. Mayor David Persing said council will start to decide the issue at their next meeting. The next city council meeting will be held on July 22 at 6:15pm. Persing said the city needs to decide which burners are legal–and which are not. He said one factor will be who built the burner, “Whether you buy it at Coles or you build it yourself…the biggest problem really is people going out and building their own things and making fire pits out…