A veteran’s remembrance on Memorial Day

UNDATED — Tom Reimensnyder of Mifflinburg is well-known for his work with the Central Susquehanna Valley Veteran’s Council. A Korean War veteran, Tom spoke with us about Bill Baumer, a Milton native, author and Air Force vet. During the Korean conflict, Baumer flew missions over North Korea and China, “He was shot down over, well they say North Korea, but I think it was over China to tell you the truth. When the plane got hit he lost his leg which was badly shot up. Then he landed in frozen areas in China, I believe. He lost fingers and toes on the other extremities. In the prison camp they had him in, they amputated his…

Two Friday PM crashes slow Valley traffic

  MILTON — There were a pair of traffic snarling injury accidents in The Valley Friday. We told you about both with WKOK News Alerts.   The first occurred in Winfield around 2:15pm on Route 15 north, at the intersection with Furnace Road. Buffalo Regional Police investigated the crash–the name or names of the injured aren’t available yet. The rollover accident happened after a car went off the road, hit guardrails and overturned on the highway.   Then around 3:30pm, state troopers tell us, 41-year-old Michael Harlon of Port Trevorton, ran his motorcycle into the back of a pick-up truck. Harlon was flown to Geisinger Medical Center, he is in critical condition. State police say…

Milton woman ‘fair’ after Thursday crash

  MILTON — State police at Milton are out with the details on a Thursday afternoon traffic accident. Troopers at Milton tell us, 87-year-old Caroline Warner of Milton was driving on Route 15 near Hospital Drive around 3:30pm Thursday. She went through a red light and turned left in front of an oncoming car.   That vehicle was driving by Kyle Swanger of West Milton–he had minor injuries. Warner ended up in Geisinger Medical Center, and she is in fair condition–according to a nursing supervisor this morning. Troopers say neither driver was wearing a seat belt, Warner will be cited for a traffic violation.

Seal’s McCartney Gold, Scores & Skeds

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (AP) – Friday during the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium.  Courtney McCartney of Selinsgrove, a senior, defended her  title in the girls AAA shot put. Her winning throw of 46-0 was just over three feet better than the runner-up, Jocelyn Ruth of Kutztown, even though it was almost three feet shorter than her winning throw of 49-0  1/4 last year. McCartney said, “I had a rough start today, but I ended the day very happy. I thought my mental game and form weren’t there today, but I was still hoping for a big throw. “   BOYS AAA FIELD   Discus Throw – 1, Jordan Geist, Knoch,…

Martha Barrick is 2015 ‘Distingished Citizen’

LEWISBURG — A major Valley business and community leader–has received a major award. The Susquehanna Council of the Boy Scouts of America has honored Martha Barrick, broker of Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate.  She is their recipient of their 2015 Distinguished Citizen award.   The Council presents this award each year to “A person in the community who goes above and beyond in their daily life that exemplifies Scouting’s aims.”   Local community and business leader, Eagle Scout Christopher Hilliard, a friend and neighbor of Barrick, spoke Thursday before the award presentation about the importance of scouting and he expressed the impact Martha Barrick has had on both his experience and on the local…

Rt. 15 North now open

LEWISBURG — Route 15 North in Union County has reopened after an accident this afternoon. A vehicle accident was reported just after 2 p.m. One vehicle was turned over in the road.

Montour Preserve expected to stay open

DANVILLE — The Montour Preserve will stay open…for now. The organizers of a $100,000 fundraising effort said–they have hit their goal. The head of the Montour Area Recreation Commission says they needed to raise the money to pay for insurance, maintenance and other projects. The $100,000 is needed to keep the Preserve open for one year, says MARC director Bob Stoudt.  He says they will need to keep fundraising for years to come.  Stoudt met with John Weeks, plant manager at the PPL plant in Montour County, and said they are formulating a rough draft of a lease agreement for the preserve. Stoudt says they are hopeful that by June 8 they’ll have a final…

Bicycle rodeo will focus on safe bike riding

SUNBURY — Keeping kids safe on their bikes is the idea behind a fun event in Sunbury tomorrow.  PennDOT,  Geisinger’s Safe Kids PA Susquehanna Valley and the Shikellamy School District have teamed up again to host a Bicycle Rodeo at the Sunbury Skate Park on North Fourth Street.   Kim Smith of PennDOT said, “We are all working together to have this bike rodeo.  The public is invited and kids are encouraged to come.  We talk to them about wearing bicycle helmets,  show them how to wear them properly, fit them for bicycle helmets, talk about bicycle safety and then they have a course that they get to ride on and try out their skills.”…

Developer makes case for high school

LEWISBURG — What will happen to the soon-to-be-old Lewisburg high school…talked about at a ‘repurposing’ meeting Thursday night. Representatives of GreenSpace Properties made their case for a proposed community and research center at what is the current  Lewisburg High School.   The Lewisburg school board’s Repurposing Committee received the GreenSpace proposal two weeks ago and had the opportunity to question the developer Thursday night.   The GreenSpace proposal includes space for the Donald Heiter Community Center, Hildebrandt Learning Center, Bucknell Small Business Development and other community organizations. Representatives from these organizations spoke about the advantages of moving into the high school building.   Much of the committee’s questioning focused on the development of townhomes along…

Woman jailed for fire near grandchildren

MIDDLEBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Snyder County has been sentenced to 18 months to 7 years in a state prison for setting a wildfire prosecutors say endangered her grandchildren sleeping in a nearby mobile home. Pennlive.com reports corrections officials will determine if Linda Ann Regester of Port Trevorton should serve her term in prison or a mental health facility. In Snyder County Court last month, the 58-year-old Regester pleaded guilty but mentally ill to endangering the welfare of children and possession of incendiary material in the March 2014 fire. About an acre burned in the fire. The mobile home was not damaged. Regester’s two grandchildren were not harmed.