Rep Masser: Together we can save a life

DANVILLE—Trying to save a life is on the mind of some local leaders…State Representative Kurt Masser (R-107th, Elysburg) spoke at a press conference at the Danville Middle School Wednesday afternoon. He was promoting “Together We Can Save a Life” a drug and alcohol awareness program which is going to take place at the Danville high school on Thursday April 24.   Masser said, we need this, “The epidemic we are facing with drug abuse in all of our areas is front and center to me. I wanted to have this program at Danville high school to raise awareness and to help some folks who might be dealing with or parents that just want to be…

Geisinger to acquire SUN Home Health & Hospice

DANVILLE – SUN Home Health & Hospice of Northumberland will become part of Geisinger Health System. Geisinger Community Health Services and SUN Home Health & Hospice made the announcement Wednesday that they have signed an agreement that will allow both organizations to work closely together to benefit patients in need of home healthcare, hospice and other supportive medical services.  Pending regulatory approval, the agreement will take effect July 1. (Sara Bartlett)

Sunbury man critically injured in crash

SUNBURY — Emergency responders struggled to rescue a critically injured Sunbury man Tuesday evening.  According to state police, 72-year-old Stanley Newberry crashed as he was traveling westbound on Mile Hill Road in Upper Augusta Township around 6:00p.m.   His SUV traveled off the right side of the roadway, down an embankment and struck a tree.  The severed tree fell onto the hood.  Newberry was trapped in the vehicle for over 40 minutes and had to be carried by firefighters up a steep hill in the rain.  He was taken to Geisinger Medical Center, where he is currently listed in critical condition.   Police believe rainy conditions were a factor in the crash.  Newberry was wearing…

Sierra Club against state park drilling

SUNBURY — While Governor Corbett’s budget has incorporated revenue from natural gas drilling under state parks — the Sierra Club says the funding isn’t worth the risk.  Joanne Kilgour is director of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club.   “It is very concerning to us, because since 2010, when DCNR conducted a study that identified no additional areas ecologically appropriate for natural gas development within our state forest system, there has been a moratorium on new leasing.  That has been really an important step to help preserve and protect our very valuable state park and state forest system.”   Kilgour says a proposal to open up Pennsylvania’s preserved natural resources to natural gas drilling…

Midd-West board addresses rumors

MIDDLEBURG – The Board of Directors of the Midd-West School District have issued a statement addressing what they call “numerous rumors and the wealth of misinformation being circulated” regarding the suspension of Assistant Superintendent Daphne Snook.   The board said recently they were provided with information, which led to the suspension of Snook. They claim Snook was advised by the Board of the specific reason why she was suspended, but it cannot be disclosed publically at this time. However, the Midd-West School Board wants to make it clear to the public that Snook’s suspension was not in any way related to curriculum decisions she made, or the result of her “briefly monitoring Board email correspondence”….

VIDEO HERE: Clausi to Shoch: Stop “attacking” people

Raw video from Tuesday’s commissioner meeting: SUNBURY – Northumberland County Commissioner Vinny Clausi wants his fellow commissioner Rick Shoch to stop “attacking” people in the county.  At Tuesday’s meeting, Clausi presented a letter to the media detailing a list of people he says Shoch has “attacked” since being in office.  Among those included in the list are Clausi himself, commissioner Stephen Bridy, former commissioner and state representative Merle Phillips, former president judge Robert Sacavage and more.  In all, there are 17 people named in the letter. It also prompted a heated discussion between the commissioners involving a number of past issues.  Shoch denies having attacked anyone and went through many people on the list, explaining…

Commissioners talk about waiving fees for veterans

SUNBURY – Northumberland County Commissioners will discuss the possibility of waiving certain fees for veterans.  At Tuesday’s meeting, it was discussed that veterans and members of the armed forces be allowed to obtain copies of documents such as death, birth and marriage certificates and decree of divorce papers.  This would affect county offices including the prothonotary, register of wills, clerk of orphan’s court and the coroner.  The commissioners decided to put the motion on hold, in order to look further into waiving these fees, as well as a process for identifying the nearly 9,000 veterans in Northumberland County. (Sara Bartlett)

Judge keeps GOP opponent to Corbett on ballot

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania state judge has ruled that a Republican gubernatorial candidate can stay on the May 20 primary ballot as the lone challenger to Gov. Tom Corbett. Commonwealth Court Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt ruled Tuesday for conservative activist Bob Guzzardi, an Ardmore businessman. Hannah presided over a two-day hearing on a petition challenge backed by the state Republican Party. She concluded that challengers to Guzzardi’s candidacy didn’t produce the evidence needed to keep him off the primary ballot. Guzzardi is an outspoken Corbett critic who’s said he’s running to give party conservatives an alternative. His lawyer says the case could be appealed to the state Supreme Court. Corbett campaign spokesman Mike…

Holy Week celebrated and explained

LEWISBURG – The week leading up to Easter Sunday is known as Holy Week and many are recognizing the week at churches across the Valley. Pastor Kerry Walters of the Holy Spirit American National Catholic Church in Lewisburg says Holy Week includes Palm Sunday, Holy Monday to Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.   Walters said, “Holy Week is a wonderful time because it invites to not only pray and reflect deeply about the last week of our lord’s life, but also to journey with Jesus in that final week of his life. Each and every one of the days of Holy Week has great significance.”     Walters said it can be…

Strike inevitable in Danville School District

DANVILLE — The head of the Danville Education Association says teachers don’t want to strike, but at this point, it seems inevitable. Dave Fortunato says they will meet with the school board tomorrow, but he doesn’t foresee any negotiation deal, “We don’t believe that two years without a contract is good for the community or the school district.  We are more than willing to work with the school board, unfortunately we have been forced into this situation by them.  It is great that we are having this meeting, but I do not see anything changing.” Danville teachers have been working without a contract for two years.  Fortunato says the strike will begin Thursday and continue…