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…

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…

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.

Geisinger at 100: Part 6…CEO reflects on career

DANVILLE – Pride, ProvenCare, and fixing ‘post-Hershey’ Geisinger are some of the key words which came up in WKOK’s exclusive exit interview with the now former president and CEO, Dr. Glenn Steele. He says he is proud of the developments he led during his time at GHS and he believes he has been able to ensure a system of higher quality, lower cost, more satisfactory healthcare. Steele says his greatest accomplishment throughout his tenure has been national attention and “Probably the increase in the recognition and the understanding of Geisinger as an innovative, continually innovating healthcare system.” Over his 15-years, there is been national recognition on ‘ProveCare,’ and other advanced practices. In reflecting on his…

Shamokin School Board rejects report

SHAMOKIN – Shamokin school board members unanimously rejected a fact-finders report that would have ended contract negotiations and led to a binding agreement on a teachers contract.  The News Item reports the union president criticized the directors for “wasting time and money.”   The teachers cannot legally strike until the fact-finding process is complete, but PSEA representative Mark McDade says they are prepared to do so.  The union claimed the report was “very fair and very affordable.”   The union also expressed disappointment saying the school board asked for the fact-finding report and spent $9,000 of taxpayer and union money on the report, but rejected it.  The Shamokin teachers have been without a contract for…

Rick Santorum plans May 27 annoucement

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Rick Santorum says he will announce his 2016 presidential intentions May 27 at a Pennsylvania factory.  The former senator told a Republican gathering Thursday in Oklahoma City that the venue emphasizes his belief that the GOP must appeal to workers instead of catering to business owners and wealthy investors. Since his unsuccessful 2012 run, Santorum has struck a populist tone, including calls to raise the minimum wage.   Santorum promised in Oklahoma that he will unveil a tax plan that would give most workers a break. He also said his immigration policy is aimed at helping the employee class.  Santorum said Democrats and big-business Republicans want to bring in more immigrants…

AccuWeather: Memorial Day weekend

AccuWeather is promising a decent Memorial Day weekend. Here is the forecast. Today: times of clouds and sun with a shower in spots during the midday; warmer. High 73. Tonight: clear and chilly. Low 36. Tomorrow: mostly sunny; beautiful in the afternoon. High 69. Sunday: pleasant with times of clouds and sun. High 78. Monday: mostly cloudy with a shower or thunderstorm possible. High 83. Tuesday: more humid with more clouds than sun; widely separated afternoon thunderstorms. High 82. More here.