The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 29, 2012

2012: The Valley in Review


Public helps Needy Fund top $129G

Jan. 7. Sunbury. It’s official: $129,194 is the grand total raised for the 2011 Needy Family Fund — thanks to the generosity of the people of the Central Susquehanna Valley.

The 2011 drive hit a number of marks. The total is the second-highest amount in the fundraiser’s history, which also celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011. The amount also took the fund well over the $2 million mark in donations since the program’s inception in 1987.

Sponsored by The Daily Item, Sunbury Broadcasting and Susquehanna Bank, the fund passed its $75,000 goal on Christmas Day.

Wood-Mode to lay off 90

Jan. 17. Kreamer. Wood-mode will lay off 90 of its 1,100-person workforce “over the next four weeks to accommodate the overall reduction in its cabinet sales volume, ” said Tom Morgensen, the company’s vice president of human resources.

“It’s unfortunate,” Morgensen said late Monday afternoon after the announcement. “It’s sad, and we regret having to take the action, but it’s a business decision.” The layoffs are due to the extended length of the recession in the housing industry and its effect on an already fragile cabinet and remodeling market, he said.

Company executives remain optimistic that orders will gradually increase when the economics of the housing industry and its customer base improve in 2012, Morgensen added.

All systems go with police merger

Jan. 18. Lewisburg. A seamless transition is the main goal as the merger of the Lewisburg Borough and East Buffalo Township police departments marches forward to its realization Feb. 6.

The new regional headquarters for the combined forces is beginning to take shape, said Lewisburg Chief Paul Yost, who will lead the new Buffalo Valley Regional Police.

General office phone lines may be down an hour or two for the transfer that day, “but the same numbers should work at the new building,” he said. There is no change to the 911 system for emergencies.

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