Architects reviewed for West Snyder renovations

BEAVERSPRINGS— The Midd West School Board members are looking for the right architects to design the renovations at West Snyder Elementary School. The school board held a special meeting Thursday and spent time interviewing four architectural firms.   Victor Abate, school board president, “We got everything we were looking for out of the candidates. Mainly is the equitable classrooms that we are going to give our children, with no impact to them as they are constructing the renovations. Also, making sure that they are safe and that they get what they need.”   All of the candidates touched on involving the community in the renovation. Abate says that is very important to the board, “We…

Valley’s Eighth Annual Wreaths for Warriors nears

SUNBURY-   In The Valley, it’s become a holiday tradition to remember veterans during the holiday season. The Wreaths for Warriors organization will place wreaths on the graves of veterans and military memorials December 6 and 7.   The wreaths will first be blessed in a short ceremony at the Shikellamy State Park Marina December 7. The ceremony will commemorate the 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Veteran and Committee member Van Shipe of Selinsgrove says that ceremony will be continued as they visit the military memorials in Sunbury.   Shipe says, “Reverend Dr. Kenneth Gunter will bless the wreaths, and then they will be placed in a parade convey to Sunbury where the monuments are placed.  …

President of Sunbury Motor Company honored for volunteerism

SUNBURY—The president of Sunbury Motor Company was recognized last night for his dedication to the community. The Spreading Antlers Children’s Foundation presented its inaugural Community Contributor Award to Robert Mertz, Jr. at the Sunbury Elks Lodge. Mertz was honored for his volunteerism and philanthropy by friends, family and elected officials. Linda Schlegel-Culver thanked Mertz for his lifetime of service to the community. “All the good things that you have done in Sunbury have been so appreciated and we wouldn’t be what we are without you.” Sunbury Mayor David Persing declared November 20, 2014 Robert M. Mertz, Jr. Day in the City of Sunbury and encouraged citizens to emulate Mertz’s service and passion for his community….

Journal indicates FSU shooter suspected government

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Police say they have a journal and videos that indicate a gunman who shot three students at Florida State University’s library believed the government had targeted him.Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said Thursday that Myron May was armed with a .380 semi-automatic handgun and reloaded at least once. DeLeo said May tried to get past security barriers before he was fatally shot by officers.DeLeo said May and officers exchanged more than 30 shots. May graduated from Florida State and then the law school at Texas Tech. He had been working as a lawyer in Texas and New Mexico before recently returning to Florida.  

New warden will be appointed December 2

SUNBURY – Northumberland County is getting a new prison warden.  A new warden will be appointed at the Northumberland County Prison Board Meeting in two weeks.  The prison board voted 4-0 Wednesday to advertise a special meeting for 12:30 p.m. on December 2 to appoint the new warden. Commissioner Vinny Clausi and Rick Shoch apparently agree on the candidate who will be selected.  A formal vote will take place that day before the candidate is appointed to the job.  That person will replace Warden Roy Johnson, who was fired by the prison board in August. Also on December 2, the commissioners will vote on a proposed budget for the county. The vote will take place…

Tips on saving energy this winter

SUNBURY – Fall is traditionally a time to prepare for the long, cold months ahead and PPL recommends preparing your home to keep your electric bill lower.  PPL spokesperson Teri MacBride says there are several tips for using energy wisely to help you have money. MacBride said, “Go to your thermostat and turn it down one degree, and I’ll bet you no one notices at home. If you turn down your thermostat one degree, it saves about two percent on your heating bill.”  She says if you turn it down 5 degrees, you save about 10 percent. Also, you can work now to seal out the cold, “Take a look around and find out where…

U.S. hit by unusually colder temperatures

UNDATED — Buffalo, New York is no stranger to snow, but the 6+ feet they have gotten this week is unprecedented. AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Heather Zehr says this weather is part of a pattern the U.S. has been seeing, where colder than normal air masses move south from Canada, “We are in the midst of another one of these patterns. It is extremely cold and unusually so for this time of year.” She adds, “We have had temperatures running 20-degrees below normal and high temperatures that are even below high temperatures that are normal for January. In Buffalo, mix that with the fact that there are still lake temperatures that are more October-like, that is…

Accused Mount Carmel shooter stays jailed

SUNBURY — A man charged with shooting a Milton woman in the head will stay jailed for now. Northumberland County Judge Charles Saylor kept bail for Rafael Anthony Diroche Jr. at $300,000, despite a request for bail reduction, and he was sent back to the county prison.   Diroche was in court yesterday seeking release from prison, based on a state rule that says a defendant held on bail must be brought to trial within 180 days or be released on nominal bail.  The prosecution claimed Diroche was a danger to the community due to previous convictions and the current charge that he shot Salicia Yost of Milton in the head.  Saylor agreed with the…

Great American Smokeout still going

DANVILLE – Picking a start day to quit smoking is an important part of kicking the habit.  So says Cardiology Department Chair at Geisinger Medical Center, Dr. Peter Berger, who support the Great American Smokeout, which is recognized each year on the third Thursday in November. Berger says for decades, the event has been a way of getting people to quit smoking, “There are many, many people who use this event to try to stop smoking and it is the first day of the rest of their non-smoking life.” Berger says it also helps others around you, “It is absolutely true that people suffer from second-hand smoke.” He says another incentive to quit is the…

Knifepoint robbery in Sunbury

SUNBURY — Sunbury police are looking for a man who robbed another man last night in the city. The incident took place around 10 p.m., when an unknown suspect robbed a man at knifepoint on South Second Street. The suspect got away with some money. The victim was not injured. Police are now investigating the incident. Point Township and Northumberland police assisted Sunbury police last night. (Ali Stevens)