Safety is top priority at Pennsylvania parks

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ELYSBURG – Pennsylvania amusement parks want to assure the public of their safety standards, following a recent tragedy at Six Flags in Texas.  Amusement ride safety experts Friday said folks in Pennsylvania need not worry. Dick Knoebel, secretary of the Pennsylvania Amusement Parks Association and president of Knoebel’s Amusement Resort, said “I ride the rides, my family rides them, and thousands of others enjoy them too. That’s why safety is our top priority… Each day at my park and others across the state, a team of certified inspectors carefully examines every ride before the park opens. If something doesn’t look right, the ride doesn’t open.” The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Ride and Measurement Standards…

Court rejects health care law challenge

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A federal appeals court has ruled against the Mennonite owners of a central Pennsylvania furniture manufacturing company who claimed new health insurance requirements that they pay for employees’ contraceptive services violate their free speech and religion rights.   The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling issued Friday upholds a lower court decision that the owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. do not qualify for an exception as a religious employer, since it is a for-profit company making a secular product.   Conestoga’s health plan had excluded coverage for contraceptives and drugs used to abort a pregnancy, citing Mennonite Church teaching that terminating a fertilized embryo is “a sin against God.”  …

Why did the Susquehanna River rise overnight?

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UNDATED — The Susquehanna River rose overnight and prompted some concerns that there may be an issue at the fabridam.  However, according to officials at ShikellamyState Park and the MiddleAtlanticRiverForecastCenter, there are no changes to the bags in the dam and there have been significant rains to our north. If you live on the main stem of the Susquehanna River, you may have noticed that the water level went up about 2′ between Thursday and Friday from 7.5′ to 9.5′.  The river at Sunbury is now going down.  The river at Danville also rose sharply, From 3.5′ to 6.5′.  Bloomsburg went up 3.5′.   According to the Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center, rain in New…

Ashley’s Auction celebrating 9 years

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SUNBURY — With Ashley’s Auction just days away, Ashley Brubaker and her mom Deb are getting ready for the excitement.  Deb said Ashley has been working hard for months to prepare.   “Usually we start in February, and from February until the day before the auction, she is working hard at this.  We send out probably around 500 emails to people all across the United States including Jamaica.  Then each week she picks a different town and hits that town up for donations.”   This is the 13th year for the 94KX Cares For Kids Radiothon.  Ashley first got involved nearly 10 years ago by placing miracle canisters in stores, and raised over $200.  But…

VIDEO HERE: Liquidation sale at popular local business

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Preparing for a huge sale: SHAMOKIN DAM – A huge liquidation sale will take place next month at Tedd’s on the Hill in Shamokin Dam.  The popular banquet facility closed at the end of 2012. Owner of the location, along with Tedd’s Landing and Skeeters BBQ John Skotedis passed away in December and his wife Denise Skotedis says they had been discussing closing Tedd’s on the Hill.  “We used to do a lot of corporate functions and weddings, but with the downturn in the economy that has changed.  Over the past few years we have seen a decline in the business.” There will be hundreds of items will be up for sale, including all of…

Fundraising is key for hospital success

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  SUNBURY – The annual 94KX Cares for Kids Radiothon is right around the corner, which raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. 100 % of the money raised goes directly to the hospital to pay for equipment, programs and services.   Dr. Glenn Steele is president and CEO of Geisinger Health System and tells us why giving is so important. He said, “There are things we can’t do without the philanthropic contribution. We succeed because our family goes way outside the 20,000 people that work for us. Part of the literal as well as figurative buy-in to Geisinger is to have people really…

Two properties will be auctioned in Sunbury

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SUNBURY – The city of Sunbury will be auctioning off two more properties in early August. The Sunbury Redevelopment Authority announced a public auction for August 8th at 6 p.m. for 160 Linden Street. The purchaser must make a 10 percent down payment on the date of the auction and submit to the city within 30 days plans to fix up the property.   Also on August 8th at 6:30 p.m., the city will auction off a home at 143 Walnut Street. The same rules apply regarding redevelopment of the site. Mayor David Persing says there are a few more properties that will be auctioned off before the end of the year in their efforts…

Fiscal conservation stalls transportation plan

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SUNBURY–Plans for the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project have once again stalled. The House of Representatives was unable to come to an agreement on a transportation plan during the summer session. State Representative Fred Keller (R-85th, Kreamer) said fiscal conservation and an aversion to raising taxes could be the cause. He said proposals to fund state improvements using vehicle sales taxes would not cover the necessary costs.   “It doesn’t do the trick—it doesn’t do all of it. But I think it’s something we can look at and say ‘how do we do this.’ You know, I just think there are some people that think ‘I’ll just cut other areas of the budget,’ which I…