4th year for Cookin Men

LEWISBURG – Lots of men love to cook and an upcoming event will showcase their talents.  For the fourth year in a row, Evangelical Community Hospital will be hosting Cookin Men at the Susquehanna Valley Country Club.  At the event on October 9, people who buy a ticket can stroll around and visit 20 male chefs, who are preparing appetizers, entrees and desserts to enjoy.   Heather Snyder of Evangelical Community Hospital helps organize the annual event, “It’s an event that we ask local men in the community to cook for a cause.  We really look towards men for this event because we want to showcase that breast cancer doesn’t just affect women in the…

Two killed in a Mifflintown area crash

MIFFLINTOWN – A four year old girl survived a crash that claimed the life of her parents. It happened over the weekend in Juniata County last Saturday night. The couple from Laurel, Maryland was killed, but the child survived and was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.   State police at Lewistown say it happened when 44-year-old Terence McMenamin was speeding on Route 22/322, east of Mifflintown, when he lost control of his vehicle.  The vehicle went off the road, down an embankment and struck a tree.  McMenamin and his wife Maria were killed in the accident.   Their four-year-old daughter sustained minor injuries, was treated and released and was turned over to ‘child…

Man sentenced to prison for child rape

SUNBURY – A Ranshaw man has been sentenced to 1 to 3 years in county prison for raping a 13-year-old girl.  The News Item reports Northumberland County President Judge William Wiest on Monday imposed the sentence on 21-year-old Daniel Covatta.   Covatta must register as a Megan’s Law offender for the rest of his life.  Covatta was charged by Shamokin police for the incident on January 17.  He was also sentenced to a concurrent 6 to 23 months in county jail on felony unlawful contact with a minor for a separate incident.  (Ali Stevens)

Yoga instructor: Conquer seasonal depression

NEW BERLIN — Cooler weather and shorter days may be triggers of depression and anxiety for some people — but a local instructor says yoga could help. Jim Mathias is chairman of the Integral Yoga Center in New Berlin, where they are hosting a program to help participants manage SAD — Seasonal Affective Disorder — symptoms.   Mathias said, “The class is designed to help participants manage the symptoms of depression or anxiety, and now coming up for people, Seasonal Affective Disorder. That affects a lot of people in different ways. People who suffer from depression and anxiety really need tools to help them manage their symptoms.”   Mathias says LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your…

Attendance is up at the Bloomsburg Fair

BLOOMSBURG – Bloomsburg Fair attendance is up slightly this year–but nowhere near the record highs earlier this century.  Fair officials say attendance at the Bloomsburg Fair was strong for 2014, with 425,888 people attended the fair this year.   That compares with more than 422,000 in 2013.  The final day of the fair on Saturday saw more than 70,000 visitors to the fair.  In 2003, a record 655,000 people attended the fair but numbers have been in the ‘400’-thousands ever since.   Fair officials say despite the cancellation of the headlining act ZZ Top, they are pleased with the success of this year’s fair.  Paul Reichart, Bloomsburg Fair President, said, “I want to thank our…

Local Tournament of Bands features fireworks

MILTON – The 8th Annual Milton Tournament of Bands is this Saturday evening and the event will culminate with a fireworks show.  Brett Hosterman is band director and says it’s a big fundraiser for the Milton High School Marching Band. Hosterman said, “Each year it keeps getting bigger and bigger.  Our crowds get bigger and we keep adding things to attract people.  It’s just a great evening of entertainment, food, music and fireworks.” Melanie Klees is coordinator of the event, “We have 13 bands showing up.  Starting at six o’clock, we are going to have a lineup of Loyalsock, Warrior Run, Mifflinburg, Williamsport, Bloomsburg, Shikellamy, Troy, Hughesville, South Williamsport, Shamokin, Jersey Shore, Berwick and Milton….

Congressman discusses learning ‘trades’

SUNBURY – Trade and construction jobs are well paid and becoming increasingly important.  Unfortunately, that isn’t always the general consensus.  U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11, Hazleton) met with local leaders recently to discuss this topic.   Barletta says it is important to him to hear from leaders in trade business to make sure Washington isn’t putting them at a disadvantage when it comes to schooling, “The important goal of any type of education is to get people into the work force.  Some of these technical and for profit schools are able to do that, but are sometimes put at a disadvantage.  Today, I listened, so that when I got back to Washington, I can pass…

West Milton man rescued after crash

MILTON — A West Milton man had to be rescued from his pick-up truck after a crash Sunday night on West Brimmer Avenue in White Deer Township. State police say Curtis Keefer was speeding and lost control of his truck on a curve in the road.   The truck struck a utility pole, severing the pole and then struck a large tree and traveled down an embankment before overturning. Keefer was trapped inside and had to be extricated by emergency personnel.   He was then transported to Geisinger Medical Center, where he is listed in fair condition. West Brimmer Avenue was closed from the Watsontown Bridge to White Deer Pike for several hours while the…

Mount Carmel man hurt in Saturday crash

ELYSBURG – A Mount Carmel man was hurt after he lost control of his SUV on Route 54 Saturday night in Rush Township, Northumberland County.  State police say 48-year-old Robert Todisco of Mount Carmel was traveling east on Route 54 and lost control of his vehicle after driving onto the rumble strips on the side of the road.   His SUV traveled across the road and through a front yard and a fence before overturning in a pasture around 10 p.m.  Todisco was transported to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries and his condition was not available.  (Ali Stevens)

PSP shoots chase suspect in Columbia County

BLOOMSBURG – A Bloomsburg man was shot–then arrested after a chase on Interstate 80 from Luzerne to Columbia County Saturday.  State police say they were monitoring traffic on I-80 west in Luzerne County when they tried to stop 20-year-old William Tyler of Bloomsburg.  Tyler pulled over, but then swerved back onto the highway and tried to get away at a high rate of speed. Troopers say they followed Tyler, who exited the interstate onto Route 487 in Columbia County and was eventually forced into a concrete barrier.  He then fled on foot and troopers used a Taser to try to stop him, which was unsuccessful.  A trooper eventually fired his gun at Tyler, who was…