Prescription drugs polluting the water

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SUNBURY — Prescription drugs are polluting the waters, and a local expert says you may be at fault.  John R. Jones, Vice President of System Therapeutics at Geisinger Health System, said while flushed drugs and farm use may account for some of the pollution, most of the drugs found in water come from people.   “The primary way is through humans taking medications and then passing them through their bodies into the water,” he said.  ”Not all the drug is metabolized when a person takes it, and that’s just natural… There are now studies that show that things like depressants and estrogen hormones are getting into the water and are effecting fish.”   Jones said so…

Smith named acting chamber president

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MILTON – The Central PA Chamber of Commerce has named Bruce Smith as Acting President and CEO.  The position has been left unfilled since Maria Culp resigned on July 29.   Smith is the Membership and Marketing Director at the chamber.  He will be serving a dual capacity until the board finds a permanent replacement.  The decision was made at a meeting Thursday morning.   Smith said, “The members of the Central PA Chamber of Commerce will continue to be the priority… With the strong staff we have in place, we will continue to serve the membership uninterrupted.”   Lisa McManus, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said, “We are very fortunate to have Bruce…

Coal Township man dies at scene of accident

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POINT TOWNSHIP — A Coal Township man died when he suffered a medical condition while driving Thursday morning.  According to Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley, 45-year-old Harley Gonsar Jr. was traveling north on Route 147 when he suffered a cardiac event.   The accident took place around 6:30a.m. on Route 147 at Route 405 in Point Township.  Gonsar went off the roadway, drove through a lawn and struck mailboxes.  His vehicle then crossed both lanes and came to a rest in a sunflower field.  Gonsar was pronounced dead at the scene.  The accident was cleared around 8:45a.m.  (Codi Jade)  

An update on lawsuits involving Sandusky scandal

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SUNBURY – There are multiple claims, lawsuits and court cases following the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal at Penn State University. Former Montour County District Attorney Bob Beuhner gave us an update. He says there are several claims pending from people claiming to be victims of the scandal and many of those could be resolved in the next six months.   Beuhner said, “Penn State did a very wise thing. They appointed a gentleman and he is the master of settling cases. He was the gentleman who was brought in by the government after 9-11 to settle literally thousands of claims as a result of the tragedy and did a rather successful job at it….

PIAA sets up heat acclimation guidelines

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UNDATED — High school football practice begins within the next week for many local schools districts, and all of them will have to follow the guidelines for the new heat-acclimation program.   The PIAA board of directors approved the program in March, which aims to get student-athletes used to the hot weather.  Jim Keiser is the Danville Area High School football coach.  “We want to make sure the kids are ready to go.  There have been many kids getting sick in the heat, even dying across the country.  I think it is a good idea and it gives us an extra three days of practice.”   The guidelines say practices are limited to five hours…

Auctions in Sunbury this evening

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SUNBURY – The city of Sunbury will once again be auctioning off properties this evening. The Sunbury Redevelopment Authority tells us the properties are located at 160 Linden Street and 143 Walnut Street in Sunbury.   The auction at the Walnut Street site will take place at 6:30 p.m. and the Linden property will be auctioned off at 6:00 p.m. As with other auctions this year, the purchaser is required to make a 10 percent down payment today and then must submit within 30 days their plans for redevelopment of the property.   Sunbury Mayor David Persing will serve as the auctioneer. If you have any questions, you can contact the city clerk’s office at…

Former Selinsgrove mayor has died

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SELINSGROVE – A man who once served as Selinsgrove mayor and president of the Selinsgrove School Board has died. 86-year-old Kenneth Mease of Selinsgrove passed away Wednesday at his home. Mease was a graduate of Selinsgrove High School and Susquehanna University.   Aside from serving as mayor and Selinsgrove school board president, Mease once served as president of Selinsgrove Borough Council President, commander of the Selinsgrove American Legion and was a candidate for state representative in the 85th legislative district. Mease was also an accomplished author, a World War II veteran and owned and operated Selmax Corporation in Selinsgrove.   Contributions can be made to SUN Home Hospice in Northumberland in honor of Kenneth Mease,…

Miracle Michael hopes to reach goal this weekend

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DANVILLE — The Miracle Michael Fast Pitch Tournament — a 10 year tradition — is set to come to an end this weekend.  Mike Sabo of Danville said they’ve been working for years to raise $50,000 for a place that saved his son’s life.   “When Michael was born he was very small and very early… He was 16 weeks early,” Sabo said.  “We’ve had excellent care at Geisinger.  All throughout his life we’ve just had nothing but superior care.  We just thought this was our way of giving back.”   Sabo said Michael and the tournament have come a long way in the past 10 years.  Michael is now a very happy 13-year-old, and…

Good ol’ fashioned fun at fair

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LAURELTON — Miss the days of old?  The West End Fair wants you to come out and experience their traditional old country fair.  This year’s theme is “Harvest Your Dreams.”  Barbara Frank is fair secretary.  She says the fair hasn’t changed much since the earlier years, and they are proud of it.   “We started of 88 years ago in 1925,” Frank said.  ”It actually started off as a corn festival.  It was a way to welcome people home.  The corn was ready.  Families got together.  They reminisced and talked.  That tradition kind of followed through.”   She said there is a lot going on in the last few days of the fair.  “Friday we…