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December 29, 2012

2012: The Valley in Review


State seals area deer farms

Ag Dept. orders quarantine over disease fears

Nov. 11. Two Valley deer farms are among 27 in Pennsylvania to be quarantined up to five years as state officials scramble to contain and possibly eliminate the threat of chronic wasting disease after two confirmed cases in Adams County.

Part of the state’s response was to create a 600-square-mile restricted zone in southcentral Pennsylvania where hunters must follow special guidelines. Another precaution has been to quarantine 27 of Pennsylvania’s 1,100 deer farms and hunting preserves. Among them are the Nittany Mountain Hunting Preserve near New Columbia and Power View Whitetails near Danville.

Borough to build $10M water plant

Rates to gradually increase in Norry, Point, Upper Augusta

Nov. 11. Northumberland. After months of analysis and angst, the newly formed Northumberland Borough Sewer Committee has decided the best option to deal with its outdated wastewater plant is to build a new one.

The cost will likely exceed $10 million, Councilman Adam Klock said.

Sewer rates will rise, but by how much, it is too early to say, Klock said.

“The rate rise,” he said, “won’t be all at once.”

It’s likely that the rates to top customer Point Township, and also Upper Augusta, will also increase.

The decision to build is basically the same one made by the now defunct Northumberland Sewer Authority, which also had recommended a new plant because the old one was spewing unacceptable amounts of pollutants into the Susquehanna River, and was under a consent order issued by the state Department of Environmental Protection agency to address the problems.

Conman faces $500G tab

Middleburg swindler gets up to 78 years in state prison

Nov. 15. Middleburg. Admitted thief Kurt J. Keiper could spend the rest of his life in state prison for stealing more than $500,000 from more than a dozen people under a 12½-year to 78-year sentence imposed Wednesday by a Snyder County judge.

In addition to the prison term faced by Keiper, 41, of Middleburg, President Judge Michael H. Sholley recommended Keiper not be granted parole until he repays $501,580 in court-ordered restitution.

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