Consignment shop looking for donations following fire

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DANVILLE — A Danville consignment shop is looking for donations following a fire downtown. The blaze that heavily damaged BJ’s Steak & Rib House on Mill Street also caused severe smoke damage to Abigail’s Attic next door. The shop is run by the Auxiliary at Geisinger Medical Center and officials there say most of their items had to be thrown away due to smoke damage. Anyone interested in donating gently worn clothing and accessories is asked to bring them today (Tuesday) from 7:30a.m.-1:30p.m. in the Abigail Lobby at Geisinger. Abigail’s Attic has a new location, which is at 322-324 Mill Street. New hours of operation will be announced soon. (Sara Bartlett) Follow

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Public meeting will give updates on Shikellamy Marina

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SUNBURY — State Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-108, Sunbury) will host her annual meeting next week to update the public on the boating and marina schedule at Shikellamy State Park. The meeting is open to the public Thursday, May 15 at 6:00p.m. at the Degenstein Community Library. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ manager at Shikellamy State Park John Clifford will provide an overview of the 2014 park complex, current and future plans for the marina and information about seasonal activities at the park. The inflation of the fabridam began at the end of last month. Installation of the marina and launch docks are expected to begin May 12. (Sara Bartlett) Follow

Buffalo Valley Singers prepare for upcoming concert

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LEWISBURG – The Buffalo Valley Singers have grown to about 80 performers and they have three concerts a year, with their spring concert coming up later this month.  Steve Overdorf is past president of the Buffalo Valley Singers and stage manager and was a guest on WKOK Sunrise today.   Overdorf said, “The Buffalo Valley Singers were first founded in 1973 in Mifflinburg, primarily made up of church choir members from the area to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the First Lutheran Church of Mifflinburg.  Buffalo Valley Singers itself was adopted in 1979.  We’ve grown to a group of about 80 singers.  We have singers from as far away as Port Trevorton, Jersey Shore, Bloomsburg…

Middleburg man hurt in a motorcycle crash

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MIDDLEBURG – A Middleburg man is hospitalized in critical condition following a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon in Adams Township, Snyder County.  19-year-old Dillon Barnett was traveling east on Troxelville Road when he drove off the road and struck a ditch. The motorcycle struck shrubbery before landing off the side of the road.  Barnett was flown to Geisinger Medical Center and remains in critical condition.  State police say he was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident around 3:30 Saturday afternoon.  (Ali Stevens) Follow

Man critical after van hit store

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BEAVER SPRINGS – A Beaver Springs man remains in critical condition after he was hit by a minivan that crashed into a building Friday afternoon. The minivan hit the Dollar General Store building in Beaver Springs. State police say Thomas Kline was inside the store just before 1 p.m. Friday when the van crashed through the front of the store and struck Kline. Kline was taken to Geisinger Medical Center with major injuries–and he is in critical condition. State police say the driver of the car, 67-year-old Mary Scholl was pulling into a parking space and failed to stop her van, driving through the front door.  She was not injured and will be cited for careless driving.  The store…

Statement from Shikellamy on JROTC

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SUNBURY – Following last week’s rumor that JROTC was being cut at the Shikellamy School District, the school board has issued a statement stressing once again that JROTC is not in jeopardy. Scott Karpinski, chairman of communications for the school board, said Superintendent Patrick Kelley would like to make it clear that the JROTC program at Shikellamy High School has been budgeted for the 2014-15 school year.  He said every program in the District is reviewed during the budget process in order to ensure a fair and balanced budget for the taxpayers. He also commended students, parents, teachers and veterans who spoke during the school board meeting on Thursday supporting the JROTC program.  Kelley said,  “Everyone in…

Coroner: Carbon monoxide killed five

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ELIMSPORT — It was carbon monoxide that killed the five people in a cabin in the Elimsport area over the weekend.   Authorities investigating the deaths of two adults and three children say the mother of two of the children had left early in the morning, before the tragedy was discovered. Lycoming County Coroner Chuck Kiessling said Sunday the mother of two girls, aged 4 and 9, left the small cabin with another woman at around 5 a.m. Saturday after a night of partying. He says police do not believe there is evidence to support criminal charges against the mother. Kiessling says the girls, a man, a woman and the woman’s 3-year-old son all died in…

VIDEO HERE: Cold Water Challenge goes viral

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UNDATED – If you have scrolled through Facebook in the last few weeks, you have probably noticed an unusual amount of people jumping in bodies of water. It is part of what has been dubbed the “Cold Water Challenge” and it has gone viral worldwide.  Watsontown resident Chris Pfirman says he hasn’t done it yet, but will, “A bunch of people go jump in the water and then nominate people to jump.  You have 24 hours to do it.  It’s for charity I think, that’s the gist of it.  I usually see it on Facebook.” Though it isn’t certain where the challenge officially started, some say there is a Pennsylvania tie to it, with an…

Two local events both successful

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MIFFLINBURG – It was a busy weekend with many events taking place, including the March for Babies in Danville and the Girls on the Run 5K in Mifflinburg. Saturday, almost 500 runners took part in the Girls on the Run spring 5K race, which was held for the first time in Mifflinburg.  Runners decorated their hair and face with bright colored hairspray and tattoos prior to the run and also enjoyed a photo booth. About 200 of the runners were girls in grades 3 through 5, who completed the Girls on the Run program, which teaches girls about topics such as bullying, self-esteem, body image and more.  Girls on the Run is in school districts…