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    Concerned citizen speaks about Moran Site

      SUNBURY – One Valley citizen is voicing a lot of environmental concerns for Sunbury. Drake Saxton of Muncy is an environmental and community activist who has been monitoring the former Moran/Celotex site. Saxton says the site is highly contaminated.   “It came from a lot of different sources at different times. Some of its kind of what you might term as historical contamination from the manufacturing processes of Westinghouse and Celotex. There are contaminates that produced water in the manufacturing activity. There are all kinds of contaminants on the site.”   Saxton says chemicals and materials used to drill for natural gas wells have been the bulk of the new contamination:   “Unfortunately the…

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    Fire damages Penn State classroom

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State says a late-night fire damaged a classroom and left the building smelling like smoke. The university says the accidental fire late Tuesday was contained to a first-floor room for graduate students in the Hammond Building. The Centre Daily Times reports flames were shooting out of a classroom window and black marks could be seen outside. The university says the building that’s home to the College of Engineering will be closed Wednesday while damage is cleaned up. It’s the second incident on the Penn State campus this week. A section of plaster fell Monday in an auditorium during a program for prospective engineering students, injuring at least one person. Officials say about…

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    Selinsgrove man acquitted of rape charge

    MIDDLEBURG – A Snyder County jury acquitted a Selinsgrove man of rape. The Daily Item reports the “not guilty” verdict was delivered Tuesday for 54-year-old Gerald “Doug” Gay. Gay denied sexually assaulting a woman in Selinsgrove on August 9 of last year. The newspaper reports an alibi witness testified that he was with Gay the entire day and could not have committed the crime.  Gay has been released from Snyder County Prison, where he had been held since October.  (Ali Stevens)

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    Joint Rail Authority facing attacks on multiple fronts

    LEWISBURG — From lawsuits to concerned customers, the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority has been under fire for several months. The JRA was created in 1983 to develop railroad operations in a seven-county area after Conrail abandoned the shortline operations. The municipal authority represents Center, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland and Union counties to preserve service to rail-dependent industries. The JRA rail lines are operated privately using a competitively selected operator. In 1984, North Shore Railroad of Northumberland became the contract operator for the JRA. North Shore operates, markets, maintains and provides customer service for nearly 100 customers. The current contract expires July 2017 and for the first time, the JRA decided to go through a…

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    Sunbury police searching for ‘Ghost’

                SUNBURY – Sunbury police need the public’s help identifying a wanted person. Police were called to the 500 block of South River Avenue Tuesday following a report of man with a gun. He was described as 5’6” weighing 150 lbs with the nickname ‘Ghost.’ ‘Ghost’ brandished a hand gun, chased another man to his residence where police were called. The individual has not yet been apprehended. Police are asking anyone with information on ‘Ghost’ to call 911. Anyone coming in contact with him are urged to use extreme caution. (Jennifer Wakeman)  

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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…

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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…

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Geisinger at 100: Part 5…Dr. David Feinberg – Visionary

DANVILLE — Dr. David Feinberg, the new CEO of Geisinger Health System takes a personal approach to running one of the nation’s largest rural health care systems. In the last month, he has visited every Geisinger hospital and clinic, makes daily rounds visiting patients at the Danville campus even stopping to take a selfie or two. Feinberg is focused on providing the best patient care for every patient, every time. When he met with Geisinger’s board during the interview process, they asked questions about running the business, but his answers centered on patients, “My answers were all focused on taking care of patients and if I’m chosen we’ll make those decisions based on what’s best…