The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 19, 2013

50 learn to be savvy shoppers

— SUNBURY — Approximately 50 area residents gathered recently at the Sunbury Social Club to attend a Consumer University sponsored by AARP-Pennsylvania.

The half-day session featured presentations by consumer advocates who provided the audience with information and materials about the challenges people face as they shop and invest in today’s marketplaces.

Among the speakers was a postal inspector who cautioned about scams and the potential for identity theft that are encountered every day, whether in the mail, on the Internet or by phone. He said law enforcement agencies continue to track individuals and groups who “mine data” from personal and financial records, but urged consumers to be careful in responding to requests for personal information.

“If it’s too good to be true, it’s usually a scam,” he warned the audience.

Sunbury’s Police Chief Steve Mazzeo echoed that comment. He assured the audience that the local police department is a reliable first line of defense for individuals who suspect they have been scammed, defrauded or victimized by financial crimes.

Mary Bach, a consumer protection advocate who leads a consumer task force in the state for AARP, exhibited a number of household products that are bought by families every day, frequently unaware of the misleading or deceptive techniques manufacturers have used in marketing them.

She demonstrated changes that have occurred in the packaging of items such as ice cream, displaying quart-and-one-half containers of “frozen dairy dessert” that look deceptively like the two-quart containers of ice cream grocery stores used to sell. She pointed out that unwary consumers often end up paying a higher price for what they think is ice cream, but really isn’t, and they don’t get the benefit of their bargain.

Sonny Popowsky, a long-time consumer advocate with the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission, provided the audience with an explanation of what is involved in choosing suppliers of residential electricity. He offered a number of tips for conserving energy to reduce families’ monthly electric bills.

In addition, a representative of Pennsylvania’s Department of Banking and Securities educated the audience about some of the fraudulent marketing techniques that consumers may encounter as they endeavor to save and invest money for retirement.

The program included a lunch provided by AARP as well as an opportunity for attendees to shred documents.

AARP-Pennsylvania, located at 30 N. Third St., Suite 750, Harrisburg, is available to provide Consumer University programs or speakers for local groups in other communities that are interested in learning more about issues facing consumers. For information, call the Pennsylvania Securities Commission at (717) 787-8061 or toll free at (800) 600-007 and ask for the Investor Education Section, or call the AARP-Pennsylvania office toll free at (866) 389-5654.

Text Only
  • crash18.jpg Snyder County collision injures driver, kills two horses

    PORT TREVORTON — A car struck two horses on a rural road in Snyder County Thursday afternoon, injuring the driver and resulting in the death of the horses.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Strike17.jpg Danville teachers hit picket lines

    DANVILLE - It started like any other school day during the year, with teachers up early and arriving at school at 7:30 in the morning.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Snook suspension now a mystery

    MIDDLEBURG — Acting Midd-West Superintendent Daphne Snook is confused about what the school board is alleging she did that led to her suspension without pay, saying she hasn’t received anything in writing. “Nothing I have been told by the board in any way makes me believe that I violated district policy or the law,” Snook said by email Wednesday.

    April 17, 2014

  • Danville teacher strike starts today

    DANVILLE — Nearly four hours of negotiations could not prevent the first teacher strike at Danville in decades.

    April 17, 2014

  • Ruling on torture could save Miranda Barbour's life

    SUNBURY — An attorney for homicide suspect Miranda Barbour filed a motion Wednesday in Northumberland County Court asking a judge to rule that murder victim Troy LaFerrara was not tortured before being killed.

    April 16, 2014

  • Investigation: Weapon used in attack on county prison officers

    SUNBURY — A “homemade metal weapon” was used in the attack against three corrections officers at the Northumberland County Prison on Friday, according to prison officials.

    April 16, 2014

  • Milton woman charged with endangering child

    MILTON — A Milton mom faces two misdemeanors after investigators said her 1-year-old suffered first- and second-degree burns while in her care and she failed to seek medical attention.

    April 16, 2014

  • Sunbury man critically injured in SUV crash

    SUNBURY — A driver was injured Tuesday night when his SUV careened off Mile Hill Road and down a steep 20-foot embankment, knocking over trees until it crashed and twisted around a large tree trunk.

    April 16, 2014

  • SUN Home Health and Geisinger ink merger plan

    NORTHUMBERLAND — Geisinger Community Health Services and SUN Home Health and Hospice announced today the signing of a comprehensive integration agreement by which SUN Home Health & Hospice will become part of the Geisinger health system.

    April 16, 2014

  • College Board provides a glimpse of new SAT

    WASHINGTON — Anxious students — not to mention their parents — can get a heads-up for how the redesigned SAT might look in two years.

    April 16, 2014

The Daily Marquee

Are you among those who will be completing and mailing your tax forms today?

No - Already Filed
     View Results
Photo Galleries
The Valley


Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.