Dog helps victims of child abuse

NORTHUMBERLAND — Kids don’t always feel comfortable when arriving at Geisinger’s Child Advocacy Center — but having a fluffy friend helps. Jenny Shroyer is a victim advocate at the center, and owner of Elvie the therapy dog.”She is a Black Lab, Australian Shepherd mix. She’s a year old. Her personality has definitely come out a lot more since she has been here longer. She loves potatoe chips,” Shroyer said, laughing. “That is her favorite thing — Every time she hears a bag rustling she is right there. She loves to just cuddle and walk around.” Shroyer says she and her husband adopted Evie as a family pet, but soon realized she would be helpful at work,…

United Way hopes to reach funding goal

SUNBURY — The Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way is on its way to reaching their 2014 fundraising goal — but they could use a nudge. The United Way has a goal of raising $750,000 to support programs in Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties. So far, the group has raised just over $250,000.   Over the past year, the United Way has initiated a number of new programs. President and CEO Keri Albright says, “We aren’t able to do any of it without support from generous donors… Reaching our fundraising goal would allow us to continue to support programs creating real change in the community, and continue to convene resources and volunteers to further collaborative initiatives…

Shoppers stay up all night for deals

SELINSGROVE – With lots of stores opening on Thanksgiving for early Black Friday shoppers…many shoppers didn’t get up early…they just stayed up all night. Karen from Sunbury started shopping at 2 a.m. today and found some deals that she liked at Target, “We always ask for off because we work, and we always ask if we can have off on this day.  If we get off, then we all do it together, with my daughter and granddaughter.” Jen O’Hora of Selinsgrove was shopping with her mother at 4 a.m., “This is just an annual tradition for my mom and me.  We started it maybe 10 years ago going out Black Friday shopping and it’s just…

Tips for buying tech gifts

UNDATED — Tech gifts like laptops, tablets and e-readers are popular holiday gifts, but they can be difficult to purchase for someone else. Bill Geise, president of AsuroIT, formally Geise Associates in Sunbury, says these kinds of gifts are personal, “When we are recommending people go look at laptops or other devices, we will give them specifications of what they should look for.  Then, we tell them to go touch and feel it.  The touch of the screen, the keyboard or the mouse, some people like it and some people don’t.  You are using it on a regular basis and you need to be comfortable with the equipment.” Geise recommends not just buying the first…

Atlas fire ruled suspicious

  ATLAS – The Mount Carmel Township police chief and fire marshal says a blaze that destroyed a vacant home on Thursday is suspicious.  WKOK spoke with Brian Hollenbush, who tells us the four-story home was fully involved and collapsed when they arrived on the scene.   He says there is too much damage to determine what caused the fire, but says the blaze is suspicious since there was no electricity.  The fire started before 2:30 a.m. at 100 and 102 W. Saylor Street.  The fire shut down Route 61 for several hours and about 450 people were without power for most of Thursday.   The vacant home was sold on November 20 at a…

Middleburg group hosting live nativity

MIDDLEBURG — It’s the holiday season, and a local group wants to remind everyone what the holiday is all about. For the past 13 years, Carl Hertzler and his family have hosted a live nativity on their farm in Middleburg.   “You walk through 10 separate scenes in the barn — some on the top floor, some on the bottom floor. Then come out into a large room where you can stand, have some cookies and enjoy some Christmas music,” Hertzler said. Several local churches help to supply refreshments and serve as the actors. Terry Polen plays Isaiah — your tour guide. “It starts with the wise men, then the angel and we go to…

Selinsgrove man found with a pound of marijuana

SELINSGROVE — A Selinsgrove man is facing drug charges after police stopped him and found a pound of marijuana in his possession. State police say 40-year-old Ross Loyd was stopped on Interstate 180 near Montoursville on Monday night.   Troopers say Loyd had a pound of marijuana with him in the vehicle. Also charged was 27-year-old Shakeema Cockfield of Williamsport. Charges were filed in district court in Lycoming County. (Ali Stevens)

A snowy Turkey Trot in Mifflinburg

MIFFLINBURG — Despite several inches of snow on the ground, the annual Mifflinburg Turkey Trot went on as scheduled, with more than 300 runners participating. The idea is to try to beat the “turkey” running the 5K race. This year’s “turkey” was Jason Rippon, a Mifflinburg native and owner of several area McDonald’s restaurants.   WKOK’s Ali Stevens asked Rippon if he was excited to be running as a turkey. Rippon said, “Are you kidding me? I’m ecstatic. And, I hear there is a big meal afterwards. Lots of people have been inviting me over for dinner. Everyone wants to have me for dinner. I don’t understand.”   Tara Michaels is race organizer and was…

NFF Family: Valley woman wants a great holiday

MONTANDON — A 35-year-old Montandon woman is determined to make this a “great” Christmas season for her two children, despite the fact that she lost her job six months ago and is just scraping by to make ends meet.   She is the head of a family which will receive assistance from the Salvation Army and the Needy Family Fund. You are asked to consider a contribution to help this and other families.   The woman–Tina–who requested that her last name not be used–said she has tried to make up for losing her clerical job in South Williamsport by doing hourly work at odd hours at two convenience stores. Tina and her children will receive…

Selinsgrove man busted with pound of pot

MONTOURSVILLE — A routine traffic stop in Lycoming County earlier this week–led to drug charges against two Valley men. State police say they stopped a vehicle along Interstate 180 near Montoursville.   The driver 40-year-old Ross Lloyd of Selinsgrove was found to be in possession of a pound of marijuana. A passenger in his vehicle–a man from Williamsport–also had a small amount of pot. Drug charges have been filed against both men according to state troopers.