The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 29, 2012

2012: The Valley in Review


Musto takes leave of absence

Feb. 20. Sunbury. Shikellamy School District Superintendent Robin Musto unexpectedly took a leave of absence after alerting school board members by email Saturday.

Musto cited medical reasons for the leave and told the directors she will be available by phone if need be, but she won’t return to her district office until at least March 19, said member Tom Michaels, who heads the communications committee.

The board meets on Thursday, and Michaels said he expects district business manager Dave Sinopoli to assume Musto’s duties until she returns.

Plan cuts teachers

Feb. 21. Selinsgrove. A restructuring plan that trims $700,000 from the Selinsgrove Area School District’s budget by eliminating 15 teaching positions will be put to a vote tonight.

The school board is scheduled to meet at 7 in the middle school multipurpose room and discuss the proposal to reduce a projected $1 million shortfall in the tentative $36.29 million 2012-13 budget. The spending plan also includes a 2.3 mill property tax increase that would raise the average property owner’s tax bill by $62.

The proposed tax increase is expected to generate $562,000 in additional revenue.


Monkee Davy Jones dead at 66

March 1. Beavertown. The death of The Monkees’ lead singer Davy Jones has left a huge void in the lives of his Snyder County neighbors.

Beavertown residents described Jones as a friendly, down-to-earth guy who loved to tell jokes and help others and enjoyed nothing more than singing and spending time with friends and family. Jones died from a heart attack Wednesday in Martin County, Fla. He was 66. He has had a residence in Beavertown for more than 22 years.

In 2008, Yahoo Music named him the top teen idol of all time.

Blaze ruins shop; worker hurt

March 2. Potts Grove. A fire that erupted after workers dropped a fuel tank destroyed a Northumberland County auto repair building Thursday afternoon and sent one employee to a burn unit in Allentown.

A part-time worker at Heddings Ford World, along Route 642, suffered burns on his arms, side and back, and was taken to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, then flown by medical helicopter to Lehigh Valley Burn Center.

Garage operator Jeff Heddings said the worker’s sweat shirt had caught on fire.

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