Literary Lawn Party to help Milton library

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MILTON — Want to celebrate literature and help out the Milton Public Library?  Sue Williams, Director of the library said the 5th annual Literary Lawn Party is coming up this Saturday.   She described what the night will be like.  “We’ll be spending an unforgettable evening in a 1920’s Paris setting.  Guests can feel free to dress the part,” Williams said.  “There will be live entertainment by local trio, Eve.  You’ll learn a little bit about Hemingway.  there will be a French themed fair of food offered.  It’s just a very enjoyable night on the grounds of Rose Hill here at the library.”   This year’s theme is based on Ernest Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast.” …

New Shikellamy State Park manager

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SUNBURY — The Shikellamy State Park has a new manager.  The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has appointed 41-year-old John Clifford of Freeburg to the position.   Clifford joined the Bureau of State Parks in 2005, working as a ranger at Little Buffalo State Park in Perry County.  In 2007 he began work as park manager with DCNR’s Park Operations and Maintenance Division.   DCNR Acting Secretary Ellen Ferretti said, “John has gained the right combination of managerial and administrative skills to take over the reins of Shikellamy, where boating, fishing and other water-based activities on the Susquehanna River help draw more than 285,000 visitors a year.”   Clifford will be based at Shikellamy…

PA wins partial waiver of No Child Left Behind

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Federal officials have granted Pennsylvania a partial waiver of the school improvement law known as No Child Left Behind, allowing the state to develop its own measurement. State Education Secretary William Harner said Tuesday that the waiver will give Pennsylvanians more access to information about individual schools’ performance and give students high-quality education programs. Pennsylvania is the 41st state to be granted a waiver from the federal program, which set a goal of all students achieving proficiency in reading and math by 2014. The state Education Department says new, user-friendly School Performance Profiles will measure academic progress at individual school buildings starting this fall. Also, a new educator evaluation system will…

Superintendent not discouraged by vandals

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MILTON – Vandals hit a local elementary school just two days before classes are set to begin.  While police continue their investigation into vandalism at White Deer Elementary School, the Milton Area School District Superintendent says they will not be disheartened. Cathy Groller says school starts, as planned, Thursday.  “I feel that we are secure and safe and that police will provide the best they can give us as a school district.  I have no reason to be discouraged other than to think about what would drive people to want to vandalize a school building.” The vandalism was found Tuesday morning when staff arrived to work at the elementary school.  Groller and state police did…

Kiwanis auctioning many items Monday

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LEWISBURG — The Lewisburg Kiwanis will be holding their 51st annual auction Monday.  This year’s auction features signed and numbered artwork by David Armstrong and Brad Shoemaker, as well as original paintings by local artist Bill Raup.  Electronic items, household furnishings, toys and jewelry are on the list.  Gift certificates from various local business, including Lewisburg Bridal and ABC Cabinets will also be auctioned off.   Along with new items, the Kiwanis is also accepting gently used items to auction off.  The 51st Annual Kiwanis Auction will be held at the Citizen’s Electric Company parking lot on Industrial Park Boulevard in Lewisburg at 4:00p.m. Monday.   If you would like to donate gently used items, you…

Should the minimum wage be raised?

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SUNBURY – There is a proposal in Washington about increasing the minimum wage and a local activist and columnist says the wage needs to be raised.   Nicole Faraguna said, “There is a proposal in Congress. Obama proposed an increase to $9.00 in his State of the Union, which really doesn’t do a whole lot. Congress has proposed an increase of $10.10 over two years, once the legislation is enacted, and that would help. They say that in order for the wage to be adjusted for inflation, it should actually be $10.74.”   That’s Nicole Faraguna, who was a guest on WKOK’s On The Mark program today talking about why the minimum wage should be…

Middleburg man sentenced for church break-ins

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MIDDLEBURG – A Middleburg man will not go to state prison for several church burglaries last year. According to Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch, 20-year-old John Shaffer was sentenced to 9 to 23 months in county prison, plus 8 years of probation.  He must also pay court costs and more than $10,000 in restitution to the involved churches.  He will also need to complete 600 hours of community service. Due to credit for time served since his arrest, Shaffer was placed on parole. Shaffer is accused of breaking into churches including St. Paul’s Reformed Church in Beavertown, Grace Reform Church in Adams Township, St. Paul’s Erdley’s Lutheran Church in Jackson Township and Zion United…

Woman accused of stealing from an elderly client

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SHAMOKIN – A Schuylkill County woman is free on bail, charged with stealing $30,000 from an elderly client she befriended at a funeral home where she worked. The News Item reports 43-year-old Heather Gober of Barnesville was arraigned Monday on felony burglary, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property.   Police say Gober made friends with woman, who came to the funeral home in Shamokin following the death of her husband. Gober reportedly stole the cash from a box hidden in the woman’s home. Gober turned herself over to authorities on Monday. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Interstate 80 closed for hours after crash

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MIFFLINVILLE – Interstate 80 was shut down for about six hours last night after a tractor trailer truck overturned in the westbound lanes near Mifflinville. The Press Enterprise reports 59-year-old John Rowland’s truck cab overturned and was ripped from the frame and motor.   The rig collided with barriers in the construction zone, and there was a small fire, that emergency crews were able to quickly extinguish. Rowland, from Michigan, was not injured. The crash was near the westbound on-ramp from Route 339, which remains closed for a bridge project. (Ali Stevens) Follow