ALL ABOARD: Anthracite Heritage Express on track for 13th annual festival

SHAMOKIN — The 13th annual Anthracite Heritage Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26 on Market Street. The Northumberland County Council for the Arts, SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority, North Shore Railroad and Penn Valley Railroad LLC will once again sponsor the Anthracite Heritage Express train excursions at the festival. Tara Venna, secretary of Northumberland County […]

Shamokin native honored for his community service

READING — Former Shamokin area newsman Harry J. Deitz Jr., who recently retired as editor of the Reading Eagle newspaper, was honored by Alvernia University’s Seniors College with its prestigious 2018 Rabbi Alan Weitzman Award for outstanding community service during a luncheon Tuesday, April 17 at the McGlinn Conference Center on campus. Deitz, a son of Harry Sr. and Beverly […]

Priest who did Mount Carmel Holy Thursday service resigns for health reasons

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Stefan Soroka of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia, who lead a celebratory liturgical service on Holy Thursday at SS Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Mount Carmel. The pope has appointed Auxiliary Bishop Andriy Rabiy of the same archeparchy as apostolic administrator “sede vacante” of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia […]

Truck detour frustrations continue in Duke St. work

NORTHUMBERLAND — In their effort to keep trucks over 36 feet long out of the way of the Duke Street reconstruction project, PennDOT officials have gone so far as to get messages out to the trucking industry in French, Spanish and Russian. That they’ve had to go to that length speaks to the frustration they’ve endured, but that’s nothing compared […]

PennDOT highlights progress on public-private bridge partnership

HARRISBURG — There are 390 bridges complete and open to traffic with 50 under construction in the state’s public-private partnership (P3) for bridges, the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards said at a media event today. As part of the statewide project, an additional 20 bridges are expected to start construction and eight are […]

Task force dedicated to hoarding formed

LEWISBURG — Human services providers brainstormed Wednesday as they formed a task force dedicated to hoarding. The gathering of more than 40 public and private providers at the Union County Government Center included home health care representatives, health networks, social workers and others. Hoarding disorder, as noted by Holly Kyle, Union Snyder Area Agency on Aging, is a recognized mental […]

Lourdes Class of 1978 to hold 40th-year reunion

WEIGH SCALES — The 1978 Class of Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School will celebrate its 40th-year reunion beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Wayside Inn. Classmates, spouses, boyfriends and girlfriends are welcome to attend and purchase their own drinks and food. A room will be available for the reunion and there will be a band on […]


Food distribution today KULPMONT — The food surplus program distribution will be held from 8 a.m. to noon today at the borough garage. Residents are reminded to bring their bags. Used tire collection  MOUNT CARMEL — The Mount Carmel Downtown Inc. and the Northumberland County Conservation District will be collecting used tires around the borough from 9 a.m. to noon Friday and […]

Paranormal thriller novel has coal region setting

A Berks County author has published a novel, “Disturbed,” a paranormal thriller set in the coal region of Northeast Pennsylvania that explores the legacy of the anthracite industry and the Molly Maguires. The book is scheduled to be released May 17. Author Joseph J. Swope said both family ties and work responsibilities have given him ample opportunity to become familiar with the […]

Rally for Safety planned in Sunbury

  SUNBURY — School students from across the region are organizing a combined rally to show support for firearms regulation. The Student Rally for Safety is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at Cameron Park. The date is one day after the 19-year anniversary of a mass shooting at Columbine (Colorado) High School, in which 15 people died, including the perpetrators. Nick […]

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