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  • Teacher Susan VanKirk and 10-year-old Lucas Hower posing with their awards.

    Fifth grader honored at leadership luncheon

      SELINSGROVE — A fifth grader was among the winners at the 2015 Adam Smith Distinguished Leadership Award Luncheon.  Lucas Hower is a student at Montandon Elementary School in the Milton School District.  He and his teacher, Susan VanKirk, were awarded for winning the InvestWrite competition. “He won at least at the state level,” VanKirk said.  “They mailed us each $50 gift cards from Target, and we were excited about that, we thought that was it.  Then we ended up getting recognized also at the Stock Market Game luncheon they had.  Then, just recently, we got invited to this too.  It’s been whirlwind winnings for him!” VanKirk says the assignment was to write an essay…

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    Pennsylvania First Lady stops at Kelly Elem

    LEWISBURG— The First Lady of Pennsylvania continued her “Schools that Teach” Tour with a stop at Lewisburg Area School District’s Kelly Elementary School Thursday.  Frances Wolf sat down with teachers and administrators for a roundtable discussion. Dr. Mark DiRocco, Lewisburg Superintendent, says they received the call Tuesday asking if it was okay to make the stop, “She wasn’t here to give talking points from the Governor or the Governor’s staff. She was here to listen to what our concerns are, what our needs are and how Harrisburg can help us — which is refreshing.” Chris Ruhl, Principal  of Kelly Elementary School, says an increase in school funding would provide a better quality of education, “I…

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    Local businesses receive business grants

      HARRISBURG — Three Valley businesses will be getting more eco-friendly thanks to a government grant.  Governor Tom Wolf announced Thursday that nearly 140 businesses across the state will soon install energy-efficiency or pollution-prevention projects by using Small Business Advantage Grants provided by DEP. Shrawder Financial Services in Sunbury, Northumberland County is receiving $4,512 in funding.  In Union County, Q-E Manufacturing Inc. in New Berlin in will receive $9,500, while SAWCO LLC in New Columbia will get $2,793. Wolf said, “Improving energy efficiency helps small businesses and helps improve quality of life for all residents.  These grants will help small businesses, improve the environment and grow the economy.” This year, DEP awarded more than $980,000…

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    Painting Lewisburg purple for Relay for Life

    LEWISBURG — The Lewisburg Area Relay For Life is coming up soon and in preparation of the event, Relay volunteers “painted Lewisburg purple.” On Thursday, Relay volunteers hung more than 100 purple and white streamers in downtown Lewisburg to raise awareness for their fight against cancer. The public is encouraged to attend the 24-hour fundraiser June 12 and 13 at the Pawling Athletic Complex in Lewisburg.  The event raises money for the American Cancer Society. Lewisburg Relay for Life begins at 1 p.m. on Friday and continues through 1 p.m. on Saturday, featuring live music, food and full schedule of family-fun activities.  You can find more information at  (Ali Stevens) Related Tags:

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    Sunbury man’s death ruled an accident

    SUNBURY — A Sunbury man’s death has been ruled an accident. Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley says autopsy results show 32-year-old Hernan Feliciano died from “thermal injuries.” Feliciano sustained the injuries in a fire January 3 at his apartment at Scott Towers on Market Street in Sunbury.  Kelley ruled the death an accident.   Feliciano was a quadriplegic following a car accident about ten years ago.  Firefighters evacuated the building when they were called to Scott Towers for the fire, but they found Feliciano dead in his room.  The fire was ruled accidental and the building sustained smoke damage.  (Ali Stevens) Related Tags:

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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…


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…