The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 29, 2012

2012: The Valley in Review


50 protest waste project

March 21. Sunbury. About 50 protesters carried signs outside city hall Tuesday to support residents concerned that the state Department of Environmental Protection may approve a permit for a waste transfer station at the former Celotex site on North Front Street.

Officials from Clean Harbors Environmental Services, of Norwell, Mass., the company that wants to build the transfer station, met with City Council members and Northumberland County and state Department of Environmental Protection agency officials to answer questions about the project.

The meeting — billed as an information session for government officials — was originally to be closed to the public, but DEP let two residents attend on the condition that they did not ask questions.

Soldiers get boost with new reserve center

March 22. Mausdale. The new Danville Armed Forces Reserve Center contains phenomenal space for taking care of soldiers, according to a two-star general on hand for the site’s ribbon cutting on Wednesday.

“The strength of soldiers is their families,” Maj. Gen. William Waff said of the family readiness center, part of the $19 million, 80,000-square-foot facility which replaced armories in Lewisburg and Berwick.

Shik’s Musto retires

March 23. Sunbury. Superintendent Robin Musto, under whose brief tenure the Shikellamy school board closed two middle schools, furloughed 41 employees and put a popular fifth-grade camp in jeopardy while facing a $5.1 million budget deficit in 2011, has retired.

Directors accepted the letter of resignation by Musto, hired at $115,000 fewer than 21 months ago, by a 7-1 vote at Thursday night’s school board meeting.

Musto, 55, had been on a leave of absence since Feb. 20.

Blotches plague smallmouth bass

March 25. Sunbury. The commissioner of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission on Friday night called on the Corbett administration and state and federal agencies to investigate what is causing black blotches on small-mouth bass up and down the Susquehanna River.  

“We have a serious water problem,” Bob Bachman said.

So serious that a longtime river angler said he wouldn’t eat any fish — regardless of species — from the Susquehanna River.

Not small-mouth bass. Not carp, walleye or catfish, said Dr. William Yingling, of Freeburg.

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