10th Anniversary for Ashley’s Auction

  SELINSGROVE –  For 10 consecutive years, Ashley Brubaker of Selinsgrove has been hosting Ashley’s Auction at the Susquehanna Valley Mall as part of the 94KX Cares for Kids Radiothon.   Ashley’s Auction will be held  Saturday, with all proceeds from the auction to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network and Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger Medical Center.  Since it is the 10th anniversary for the auction, there are hundreds of items to bid on. Ashley has raised over $131,000 over the past nine years through her auction.  Last year, she raised more than $26,700.   Ashley’s hopes to raise $30,000 this year.   Ashley’s mother Deb Brubaker said there will also be a live auction…

Girls on the Run needs coaches

SELINSGROVE – You can help young girls build confidence and stay healthy by becoming a coach for Girls on the Run.  Girls on the Run of the Susquehanna Valley is looking for volunteer coaches to help with their upcoming fall season.  Cheryl Stumpf is executive director of Girls on the Run and said, “Because we are experiencing exponential growth in the Valley we are seeking more volunteer coaches”   Coaches will help teach the girls to reach their greatest potential with an emphasis on youth development. Stumpf said, “Running is not necessarily the emphasis of the program.  We are engaging in conversations about the different developmental needs and the issues the girls are dealing with beginning in…

Another big project coming to Sunbury

SUNBURY – A section of another street in Sunbury is about to get some big improvements. We’ve been talking about next year’s Chestnut Street project, now word is from the mayor, that some work will take place on a section of Raspberry Avenue. Mayor David Persing discussed the plans at Monday’s city council meeting.   Persing said, “What we are addressing is between Third and Fourth streets, we are addressing from Court Street to Penn Street. There is a property for sale where Oaks Oil used to be, the whole area where the railroad owns some property, it needs fixed up. When you talk about rehab, it clearly needs rehabilitation. We need to put some trees in there, we need to…

Woman reported missing in Montandon

MONTANDON – A woman has been reported missing in Montandon.  State police say 34-year-old Tara Engelhardt of Vindale Avenue in Montandon has been missing since July 24.  She was last seen walking away from her residence around 2:30 p.m.  and has not been seen since.  Anyone having information on Englehardt’s whereabouts is asked to contact state police at Milton.  (Ali Stevens)

Small Fire at Middleswarth plant

MIDDLEBURG — Firefighters were called to a fire at the Middleswarth Chip Plant in Middleburg this morning. Emergency dispatchers say a fryer caught on fire just after 8 this morning. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control quickly with little damage reported.   There was no damage to the building but smoke damage is reported. No injuries were reported. Firefighters were on the scene until about 9:15 a.m. (Ali Stevens)

B-17 flyover to honor Dutch Van Kirk

NORTHUMBERLAND – The skies over Northumberland next Tuesday might sound—and look a little like WW II when a B-17 flyover honors the late Ted Van Kirk. The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber will also be on display – and available for tours – at the Sunbury airport. Dick Simpson of the American Legion Post 44 tells WKOK, the flyover is being arranged to honor Northumberland native Van Kirk, who died Tuesday at the age of 93. ‘Dutch,’ as he was known, was the last surviving member of the crew of the Enola Gay, the B-29 aircraft that dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan. Simpson said Van Kirk and Enola Gay pilot Paul Tibbet’s landed…

Cow Pie Bingo coming up in McEwensville

MCEWENSVILLE — It is a country gathering for a good cause. Cowabunga Cow Pie Bingo is coming up Saturday at the Montgomery House Warrior Run Area Public Library. Library director JA Babay says there is a packed day even before the cows take the field, and it all kicks off at 2:30p.m, “We have a historical walking tour of McEwensville, then the Chuckwagon will open and will have country food, and the Smooth Country Band will take the stage.” At 7:00p.m., cows will hit the field says Babay, “Tickets are still available to buy your square and see if a cow will make a deposit on your square. First prize is $300, second prize is…

CareerLink responds to trucking industry demand

SUNBURY — It is a small sign of a rebounding economy. The demand for drivers in the trucking industry is skyrocketing. The PA CareerLink is responding to the high demand and will begin a program called Transportation Tuesday. Twice a month the CareerLink in Sunbury will hold a workshop to introduce the process required to attain a CDL license, review possible funding sources, and feature former students and representatives from over-the-road and short run trucking companies, and local transportation companies hiring auxiliary positions. Several representatives from local companies will attend. The first workshop will be Tuesday, August 5 from 9:30a.m.-11:30a.m. at the PA CareerLink on Market Street in Sunbury. For more information, call 570-988-7300. (Sara…

Fellow soldier remembers Dutch Van Kirk

NORTHUMBERLAND – A local columnist and military historian is remembering his friend and national hero Ted ‘Dutch’ Van Kirk, who died Tuesday at the age of 93. Daily Item columnist and military historian Joe Diblin of Point Township got to know Van Kirk in recent years. Diblin said Van Kirk is best known for being the navigator on the Enola Gay, which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945. He explained, “He was considered the best darn navigator in the 8th Air Force. He had a number of raids in the 8th Air Force over Europe and then he was picked by his pilot to go on this special raid.” Diblin said the…

New football coach for Lewisburg High School

LEWISBURG — When Lewisburg high school football practice begins in two weeks–they will have a new head coach.  Michael Ferriero was selected for the job following the resignation of head coach Jeremy Winn.  Lewisburg football practices start August 11, and the first game August 29 vs. Shikellamy.   Lewisburg High School Principal David Hines said Winn resigned after taking a job as a principal in the Danville School District.  Hines says he and athletic director Mark Temple interviewed about 5 or 6 candidates for the job, but decided Ferriero was the right fit.  Hines said Ferriero was “highly organized and passionate” and was highly recommended by Susquehanna University football coach Steve Briggs.   Ferriero is…