December 20, 2012 RSS feed / Local News

Leo Club Spreads Christmas Joy

For the eighth year in a row, the Wyalusing Valley High School (WVHS) Leo Club set forth to collect toys for their Christmas for Kids project. More...

Web-Based Seminar to Focus on Water Impacts of Shale Exploration

A web-based seminar focusing on published research about the effects of shale-gas development on water quality and quantity will be presented by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. on Dec. 20. More...

LIHEAP Applications Now Available

Eligible Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Rep. Sandra Major said this week. More...

PennDOT Wraps Up Construction Season

PennDOT Engineering District 3-0, serving nine north central Pennsylvania counties, is wrapping up a year that included a construction season full with road and bridge activities, including a number of recovery projects planned following the Septembe More...

Project Honors Fallen Officers

Pennsylvania residents are asked once again to display a blue light in their home or office window during the holiday season to remember fallen law enforcement officers and their survivors. More...

‘Discover 4-H Day’ Planned in January

Bradford County 4-H invites youth, parents, leaders and potential leaders to Discover 4-H Day at the First Presbyterian Church in Towanda on Saturday, Jan. 19. More...

People Helping People Set for Saturday at WVHS

People Helping People will be held this Saturday, Dec. 22, in the Wyalusing High School cafeteria. Baskets can be picked up by preregistered families starting at 9 a.m. More...

Goodwill Fire Company Holds Annual Appreciation Dinner

Junior Fireman of the Year Cody Sprague, right, was named Junior Fireman of the Year. More...

Funding Found for New Bridge

U.S. Senator Bob Casey announced $6.92 million in federal disaster funding for the State Route 3001 bridge over Mehoopany Creek in Forkston Township in Wyoming County. More...

Tips on Planning a Stress-Free Holiday Meal

Perhaps the most anticipated aspect of the holiday season is the lavish holiday meal. Many people look forward to the food just as much as they look forward to the festivities. More...

Laceyville Flooring Business Has New Owners

Shey Sterling and his wife, Heather, are the new owners of the carpet and flooring business that formerly was owned and operated by Laceyville Hardware owners Brian and Donna Ace. More...

Laceyville Scouts Decorate Business Section

For the first time in many years, the Laceyville business section was decorated by the Girl Scouts. More...

PennDOT Employees Raise over $6,000 In Support of Bill Craver Bikes for Tykes

With Christmas just around the corner, some 125 needy children in north central Pennsylvania will be treated to a happier holiday thanks to the generosity of a dedicated group of PennDOT volunteer fundraisers and the support of their coworkers. More...

PHFA Announces PHARE And Marcellus Shale Recipients

The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency approved the recipients of funding for projects to improve the availability and affordability of housing in the Marcellus Shale region of the state recently. More...

Memorial Hospice Raffle Winner

If your name is Pat, it was your lucky day…or it was for these two “Pats.” Pat McGovern, left, was the winner of the Memorial Hospital Hospice Quilt raffle drawing, held at the Mem More...

Phlebotomy Program Offered

Lackawanna College in Towanda is pleased to offer a new Lab Technician program that consists of classes two days per week on Monday & Wednesday along with a clinical component that will be provid More...

Pesticide Recertification To Be Held January 15

A pesticide recertification meeting will be held on Jan. 15, 2013 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Penn State Extension Bradford County, 200 Main Street, Suite 3, Towanda. More...

Hatches Gather in Towanda

Five generations of the Amelia (Lillie) Hatch family recently met at the Skilled Nursing Unit at Towanda Memorial Hospital where Amelia is a resident. More...

PennDOT License Centers Closed for Holiday Season

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 25, for Christmas and Tuesday, Jan. More...

Seth Fox Graduates from Millersville

Seth John Fox of Friendsville graduated alongside 504 Millersville University of Pennsylvania students during the fall 2012 undergraduate commencement ceremony held on Sunday, Dec. 16 in Millersville’s Pucillo Gymnasium. More...

Driver Escapes Serious Injury

Terry Township resident Candy Blow can consider herself lucky to have escaped serious injury in this grinding crash Wednesday afternoon at about 1 p.m. More...

Clauses Visit Rocket-Courier

Santa and Mrs. Claus stopped by the Rocket-Courier office Monday to make sure everyone here was being good. More...

Looking Back at 2012

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—JANUARY— Demolition Paves Way for Wyalusing Hotel Annex More...

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Enjoys Her Time with Santa Three-year-old Alyssa Carter felt right at home with Santa Claus during her recent visit with him. More...

Ms. Turner’s Kindergarten Class Shares their Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes with Rocket-Courier Readers

Cameron Eberlin - You need: Milk, sugar, water, cookie ingredients. Put it in the oven at 1 degree for 2 hours. Conner Smith - You need: chocolate, sprinkles, flour, cookie dough, chocolate chips. More...

USDA Rural Development Program to Purchase Homes

Local residents may be eligible for USDA Rural Development’s 502 Direct Loan program for purchasing a home or the 504 Loan and Grant home repair program for repairing homes. More...

First Annual Winter Vegetable Meeting, Feb. 12

The Penn State Extension Vegetable and Small Fruit Program Team will present a winter meeting for commercial vegetable growers on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Penn State Extension Office at 200 Main Street in Towanda. More...

Taylor Family Foundation Donates Funds to BCRAC

Contribution Supports Keystone Digital Conversion

The Bradford County Regional Arts Council (BCRAC) recently announced that it received a $30,000 donation from the Kenneth and Caroline Taylor Family Foundation in support of its Digital Film Fund. More...

Bradford Budget to Be Adopted Today

Employee Benefits Restructured

The Bradford County Commissioners are expected to pass a budget for the coming year that reflects hours of deliberation. The rough draft of the document was available for public inspection until yesterday. On Nov. More...

Susquehanna Commissioners Approve Salary Increases

The regular Dec. 13 meeting of Susquehanna County Commissioners included a recess in order to convene a meeting of the salary board as part of their regular business. More...

Wyalusing Carnival Profits Down 13 Percent from 2011

The Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Fire Department reports that profits at this year’s summer carnival, the fire company’s biggest fundraiser, totaled $36,760.85, which is down by $5,997.01 or 13 percent from the 2011 carnival when profits we More...

Endless Mountains Woodworkers Announce Winner

Each year, the Endless Mountains Woodworkers Association builds a solid cherry garden bench. More...

Area Residents Make RIT Dean’s List

The following local residents made the Dean’s List for Fall 2012 quarter at Rochester Institute of Technology: Nicholas Brown of Sayre, Matthew Burke of Sugar Run, Ashley Long of Wyalusing, Colin Payne-Rogers of Athens, Ian Salitrynski of Rome, More...

PennDOT Names Knapp New Bradford County Senior Highway Maintenance Manager

PennDOT Deputy Secretary Scott Christie, P.E. is pleased to announce that Warren M. Knapp, P.E. More...

Mehoopany Twp. to Work with Flood Plain Consultants

On Wednesday night at Mehoopany’s regular monthly supervisors’ meeting, Jerry Woods and Paul Rowker, who are involved in FEMA Administration and Flood Plain Management, and who will be working with the township next year, spoke briefly. More...

Fire Guts Forkston Township Home

Members of FWM Volunteer Fire Company were first on the scene of a blaze that gutted a rental home along Route 87 in Forkston Township in which Michael Phillip Markovitch resided with his pets. More...

Taylor Family Foundation Donates to Hospital Expansion

The Kenneth and Caroline Taylor Family Foundation has joined visionary efforts to expand community healthcare services at Memorial Hospital with a $100,000 donation. More...

MU Mapping the Road To Student Success

The first few weeks at college are the hardest for freshmen. How they make the transition often means the difference between succeeding or leaving. More...

WVES Students Hold Read-A-Thon

Each year at Thanksgiving time Ms. Carrie Dickson challenges her first graders to read as many books as they possibly can over the holiday break. More...

PA Treasury Seeks to Return $20,000 to Shelters, Food Banks and Other Organizations

Ongoing efforts by the Pennsylvania Treasury to reunite community service organizations with unclaimed property have led to claims for more than $13,000 by food banks, shelters and Salvation Army chapters, said State Treasurer Rob McCord today, but a More...

Mansfield University Holds 148th Commencement

Three hundred and thirty students received degrees at Mansfield University’s 148th Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Decker Gymnasium. More...

Heather Labor Named to Dean’s List

Heather Labor from Wyalusing was named to the Dean’s List for the fall term at South Hills School of Business and Technology in State College. More...

Stevens Supervisors Vote Unanimously To Adopt Budget for Coming Year

The Stevens Township Supervisors unanimously adopted their budget for 2013 at their December meeting last Thursday . More...

PA’s 97th Farm Show offers New Attractions, Time-Honored Favorites

Agriculture Secretary George Greig invites Pennsylvanians to celebrate agriculture during the 97th Pennsylvania Farm Show, set for Jan. 5-12 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. More...

Campground Earns Grade A in Top Park Survey

Forty-two campgrounds, RV parks and resorts earned all around “A” grades in the fifth annual consumer satisfaction survey of campgrounds, RV parks and resorts. More...

DEP Now Accepting Applications for 2013 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

The Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging environmental stewards to apply for the 2013 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award. More...

NRCS Protects 2,500 acres of PA Farmland

Denise Coleman, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist, reports that NRCS has protected 2,500 acres of Pennsylvania farmland in fiscal year 2012. More...

BIRTHS

Fenton Christina and Chris Fenton of Mehoopany are proud to announce the birth of a daughter, Carter Elizabeth Fenton on Dec. 11, 2012 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda. *** Hrinek More...

Alisha Blackman Graduates from RIT College

Alisha Blackman of Towanda graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering technology from RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology in the summer 2012 quarter. More...

Women Nabbed for Shoplifting

A Sayre woman who told police that she was down on her luck was arrested for retail theft on Dec. More...

Wyalusing’s Public Library Introduces a ‘Tail of Two Kitties’

Patrons of the Wyalusing Public Library as well as fellow employees are still reeling from the sudden loss of their friend and confidant Sue Moody. Oct. More...

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An excavator rips apart the former Honchell’s Market (more recently Wyalusing Country Market) on Wyalusing’s Taylor Avenue beginning a demolition and construction project that would ultim More...

Winners in the Annual Rocket-Courier Sponsored Christmas Cash Contest

Thank You to the 32 area merchants who made this year’s contest such a success! More...

Mrs. Ciprich’s First Graders Share their Favorite Cookie Recipes with Rocket- Courier Readers!

Elaina Goodwin: You get this dough and you pop the lid and it’s kind of like pizza dough. You can get it at Morris’s Market, or I mean Connie’s. Once you get it out you like mix it. Then you put peppermint chocolate chips in it. More...

Elk Lake Jr. High Students of the Month Named

Elk Lake Junior High School Principal Brian Mallery has announced the November 2012 Students of the Month for grades seven through nine. More...

Stylist Opens Shop on Laning Creek Road

Heidi Greene couldn’t wait to open her own hair salon, even though she had never been selfemployed. “I got my inspection on Nov. More...

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