Freeburg runner makes history in Philadelphia

Mark Sullivan 2013 finish

PHILADELPHIA — A Freeburg man has made running history in Philadelphia. When Mark Sullivan crossed the finish line recently at the Philadelphia 2013 Marathon, he became one of only two people to have completed every race in the event’s 20-year history.   For his accomplishment, Sullivan was recognized by the City of Philadelphia and presented with a commemorative jacket by Mayor Michael Nutter. Sullivan ran a time of 2 hours and 50 minutes and placed third in his division. It was his 161st marathon. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Annual Concini Toy Drive underway again

northumberland police patch

NORTHUMBERLAND — A Christmas toy program that originated in Northumberland in 1990 is underway again this holiday season. The late Northumberland Police Chief Martin Concini Jr. started the toy drive in 1990 to help families in need during the holidays.   Concini died in 1992 and the toy drive was started again in 1998, and has been growing every year since. The toy drive assists families in Northumberland, Point Township, Sunbury and other nearby communities.   Unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Northumberland Police Station or borough office, Priestley Forsyth Memorial Library on King Street in Northumberland, Northumberland National Bank on Front Street in Northumberland or Surplus Outlet on Route 11. (Ali Stevens)…

Wreaths for Warriors commemorate Pearl Harbor


SELINSGROVE — Wreaths for Warriors will be distributing wreaths this coming weekend to commemorate the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. On Saturday, December 7th, a brief ceremony will be held at the Selinsgrove American Legion Post 25 at 8:30 a.m. featuring local Boy Scouts.   On Sunday, a blessing of wreaths for the Sunbury and Northumberland areas will take place at the Shikellamy State Park Marina at 2 p.m. Then at 3 p.m., a brief ceremony will be held at Northumberland’s Riverview Cemetery, followed by the placement of wreaths in the cemetery. Wreaths for Warriors places wreaths on Veterans graves each holiday season. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Tire Burner Team hosts training session


MILTON — The Tire Burner Team opposing the construction of a tire incinerator in White Deer Township is inviting the public to a training session on volunteering for the group. Those interested will receive training on how to do community outreach for petition signatures, canvassing and tabling at farmers markets, flea markets and local events.   New volunteers will also be given an orientation about the incinerator planned by En-Tire Logistics and National Gypsum on Old Route 15. The incinerator will burn 100-million pounds of shredded tires per year to provide heat and electricity to National Gypsum’s wallboard paper plant. The plant is approved by the DEP.   The Tire Burner Team says the plant…