Point Township talks modernization

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NORTHUMBERLAND — Upgrades and security were topics discussed Tuesday at the Point Township Supervisors meeting.  They may be moving into the digital age.  Supervisors discussed a codification of decades-old ordinances, some even written by typewriter. Solicitor Richard Shoch said moving them to a digital format and creating a hard copy organized by time and topic will go a long way in saving time for the township and the community. “Right now the township has ordinances with amendments to amendments to amendments to those ordinances. Basically, it can be very unwieldy. What this will do is it will create just one section regarding that law and the only thing you will see on that is what is the…

Air Force simulator at the mall Wednesday

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SHAMOKIN DAM — A unique and educational ride will be at the Susquehanna Valley Mall Wednesday.  The United States Air Force is setting up their Rapid Strike Simulator.  The simulator allows participants to experience a real air force mission, including a F-22 flight, a C-17 cargo drop, CCT ground surveillance, satellite communications and Reaper missile strike.   The U.S. Air Force hopes to show people the fast-pace, high energy nature of an Air Force mission.  Several career opportunities that can be pursued in the Air Force will also be on display.  The Rapid Strike Simulator will be at the Susquehanna Valley Mall during normal mall hours Wednesday.  (Codi Jade)

VIDEO HERE: Northumberland County Commissioners chaos

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SUNBURY – Three people spoke out during the public comment portion of Tuesday’s Northumberland County Commissioners’ meeting.  William Knapick, Meg Bartos and Dave Kaleta all spoke.  The commissioners adopted some changes to meeting conduct, which allows the public to have three minutes of input at the appropriate time during the meeting. Watch the video here:      

Backpack giveaway in Northumberland Wednesday

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NORTHUMBERLAND — A local church would like to help out with back-to-school shopping, by giving away backpacks.  The Trinity United Methodist Church will be holding a backpack giveaway Wednesday. The backpacks will be available for children Pre-K to 12th grade residing in Northumberland and Point Township.  Families can pick up the backpacks from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Wednesday at the church at 6th and King Streets in Northumberland.  (Codi Jade)

Sunbury bridge detour lifted

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SUNBURY — Travelers in the Sunbury area may be happy to learn they no longer need to take a detour into the city.  According to PennDOT, both lanes of the Route 61 Shamokin Creek Bridge near Hamilton Underpass are now open to traffic.   The northbound lane was closed for about two months while preservation work was performed.  Most of the work has been completed.  There is still minor work that needs to be done.  Flaggers will be directing traffic during daylight hours.   (Codi Jade)

Bimbo Bakeries only closing Easton plant

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SUNBURY – As Bimbo Bakeries USA has recently announced the closing of its Easton facility, folks in Sunbury may be holding their breath.  However, a spokesman for the company says there are no plans for any change in their Sunbury Sara Lee operation.   “The Easton plant is the only plant undergoing any changes. That is primarily because of the new plant opening in the Lehigh County,” said Shane Sumrow, Bimbo spokesman.   Sumrow said the Sunbury location has never even come up in conversation, so people should not be worried about any upcoming changes there.   According to the Associated Press, Bimbo Bakeries plans to close their Easton plant, eliminating 78 union jobs. Bimbo…

New area code to be added soon

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UNDATED — Many people may remember when area codes throughout The Valley switched from 717 to 570.  There is another area code addition coming, but according to the owner of a local cellular company, it won’t be as hectic. Lannie Shaffer, Owner of Simply Cellular in Lewisburg and Shamokin Dam says, “In 1998 we all had 717 area codes and we had to change to 570.  What made that different was every person with a wireless phone had to reprogram their phone with the new 570 area code.  They kept the same number, but had to change area codes.” Shaffer says those with existing 570 area codes will not have to change anything with their…

Poetry readings at Sunbury River Festival

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SUNBURY – The Susquehanna River has inspired many folks in The Valley, including poets.  Melanie Simms has written several poems on the banks of the river, and she will be reading them at the Sunbury River Festival.   “I’m going to be sharing the Sunbury poem, of course.  I also have a poem entitled Ode to a Lover on the Susquehanna River, and other poems I’ve written about the region and the area,” Simms said.  “I feel like a lot of the poems I’ve written have been motivated by that, motivated by my atmosphere and my environment.  Plus my love of Pennsylvania.”   Simms said she is looking forward to reading her poetry at the…

Snyder County records going…online

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MIDDLEBURG — Some key Snyder County records are about to go online.  The Snyder County Commissioners Tuesday approved a Media and Information Distribution Agreement between the county and Optical Storage Solutions Inc. Register and Recorder  Stacy Zerbe spoke about the agreement saying the public will soon be able to access some public records online.  Northumberland and Perry Counties are two regional counties which already have an agreement with the company. Zerbe spoke about how this service is going to help out Snyder County, “It’s mostly going to help the public, because you can get all those records by coming into the office during open hours. This will just allow them access in the evenings and…

Great Buffalo Debate getting closer in Union County

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UNDATED – There is still about two months left until the Great Buffalo Debate in Union County.  The big fundraiser is an effort of the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. Dawn Linn, Vice President of Planned Philanthropy at the Partnership, says the fundraising effort has been going on for about a year in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of Union County.  “Each municipality gets a fiberglass buffalo which they will paint.  We are looking for four more sponsors for the buffaloes.” Each sponsor pays $4,000 for the buffalo and then money will be raised in order to cast a vote for the best-painted buffalo.  The voting will take place in downtown Lewisburg October 23. …