Family displaced by Milton fire

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MILTON — A family was displaced by a fire in Milton Wednesday afternoon.  According to Milton Fire Department Chief Sam Shaffer, the fire occured around 2:30p.m. at a home in the 100 block of Old Orchard Road in Milton. The Red Cross is assisting two adults and two teenagers who were displaced in the fire. The blaze reportedly started in the basement and the home is heavily damaged.  Crews from Union and Northumberland Counties responded to the scene. (Codi Jade) Follow

Fed Chair says time now to ease buying

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al  WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the U.S. economy’s slow recovery from the Great Recession has been subpar for several reasons, including the extensive damage from the housing bust and tight budgets at all levels of government.        But he also blamed the anemic pace of the recovery on “some bad luck,” saying Europe’s debt troubles slowed the global economy at a critical time.        “Given all the things we have faced, it is not shocking that the recovery has been tepid,” he said during a news conference after the Fed’s two-day policy meeting.        He said the United States has still done better than many other countries….

Economist: Stores responding to Christmas demand


SUNBURY — While some people complain that Christmas has become more about retailing than religion, a local economist believes stores are just reacting to public demand.  Dr. Amy Wolaver is a professor of economics at Bucknell University and is the director of their institute for public policy.   She believes stores are not trying to change the meaning of Christmas. “As an economist, what I would say is that businesses are responding to demand.  If it wasn’t working for them, they wouldn’t be doing it.”   Wolaver said Christmas is what you make it.  If you don’t like the version of Christmas you are seeing on television you can turn it off.  She also said…

Protecting yourself during the holidays


NORTHUMBERLAND – The holiday season is supposed to be a happy and festive time. However, some may fall victim to crime during the busy shopping rush. Joshua VanKirk is chief of police in Point Township and says being aware of your surroundings is very important.   VanKirk said, “This is something we call reactionary gap. Just picture yourself walking out of a mall and you just scored a great deal and you are looking down in your bag. If your head is down looking in the bag, what aren’t you seeing? We talk about this even in our schools with our kids. We say chin-up, eyes open and look around and pay attention. Something we…

Fire in county prison ruled accidental

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SUNBURY – A fire at the Northumberland County prison on Saturday has been ruled accidental. The fire caused $25,000 in damages to the kitchen in the prison. A state police fire marshal could not indicate exactly how the blaze began, but said it was either electrical or caused by rags near a heat source. Some inmates in the prison had to be moved for a time while the prison was ventilated following the fire. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Fire contained quickly in Shamokin

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SHAMOKIN – Another fire was reported on Rock Street in Shamokin this morning, but this time the fire was brought under control quickly. The fire started before 9 a.m. at 822 North Rock Street in an oven and damaged the kitchen. Crews were on the scene for about an hour. No injuries were reported.   Last week, a devastating fire was reported at 5 South Rock Street. The fire destroyed five homes and killed a 13-year-old girl. The cause of that fire was said to be a cigarette thrown in the trash. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Needy Family Fund: Jobless mother of three needs help this holiday


MILTON — Following a brief hospitalization last year, Meagan was told by a case worker she was not well enough to return to work or to look for a job.  So as Christmas approaches, the Milton mother learned of the Needy Family Fund, which could help her put presents under the tree for her three children. She says, “I was told about the Needy Family Fund and how it could help do something for my children at Christmas.  It’s a big help.” Meagan has an 11-year-old son and daughters ages 8 and 7. While many children fill out lengthy lists, Meagan said hers would appreciate anything they receive.  “The regular kid stuff,” she said.“Bikes, games,…

Needy Family Fund total continues to rise

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UNDATED — Today’s Needy Family Fund total is $62,205.  Donations continue to come in toward the $75,000 goal.  Some recent contributions include $500 from United Lutheran Church in Sunbury, $200 from Masonic Lodge #22 in Selinsgrove, $100 in memory of Joyce and Irvin Snyder and $25 from Linda and Randy Stover of Sunbury. There were also $70 in anonymous donations.  The Needy Family Fund provides toys, clothes, food and more to Valley families in need.  You can donate at any branch of Susquehanna Bank. (Sara Bartlett) Follow

Repurposing the Lewisburg High School

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LEWISBURG – As Lewisburg School District officials presented their new high school plans to the Lewisburg Borough Council on Tuesday night, many residents in attendance expressed their frustration. Erin Jablonski is an East Buffalo Township resident opposed to the district vacating the current high school.   Jablonski said, “The CDC encourages children to walk to school or to be able to walk from school to increase activity and be more alert to start school. There’s a Safe Route to Schools program that encourages students to be able to walk about. I think that the school district has ignored what people wish they had, which is a walkable downtown school.”   Other residents expressed their disappointment,…

Norry to add part-time officers


NORTHUMBERLAND– The Northumberland borough council met Tuesday evening to vote on the 2014 proposed budget. The nearly $2.5 million budget was approved and includes four full-time police officer positions and four new part-time positions.   Mayor, Leonard Zboray spoke about hiring part-time as opposed to full-time saying, ” When you have part time people and they are working for other departments in other areas, and you call them, “well I’m working for so and so and I can’t be available”. So you go through your pecking list and you have no one then you’re not going to have any coverage.”   The part-time officers will replace a fifth full-time position, and also ensure the borough…