State Rep. David Millard to Host Two Upcoming Drug Forums

State Representative David Millard will host two upcoming drug forums over the next two weeks at local high schools. The first will be on Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 6-8 p.m. at the Berwick High School auditorium, and the second will be the following Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 6-8 p.m. at the Bloomsburg High School auditorium. 

Adults and children are invited to attend these events designed to share information about drug abuse, the opioid crisis and how to avoid drug addiction. Speakers include Jeremy Reese, Columbia County cornoner; Dr. William Rakauskas, a Geisinger psychiatrist; Dr. Joseph Valdez, an independent addiction medicine specialist; Jason Hoch, a pharmacist with Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital and CMSU; and a representative from a local rehabilitation facility. 

For more information, visit Rep. Millard’s website or Facebook page

Williams Receives Final Key Permits for Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project

From Williams

Thanks to the continued and dedicated efforts of several key partners, including those of the Columbia Montour Chamber, after a multiyear regulatory process, Williams has received key permits from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Atlantic Sunrise project.

This critical energy infrastructure project — an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline — will connect abundant Marcellus gas to consumers in the U.S. and is estimated to support 8,000 jobs and inject a $1.6 billion economic impact in the project area during construction, including a projected economic impact of $85.5 million in Columbia County and surrounding areas alone. Williams is also encouraging workers that come into the local area from outside of it to work on the project to buy local through a local app being developed that will feature local businesses, which can be featured on the app at no charge just by registering

Williams received the Chapter 105 (Water Obstruction and Encroachment) and Chapter 102 (Erosion and Sediment Control) permits from DEP on Aug. 30 and the Clean Water Act Section 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Aug. 29. 

The company will immediately commence the process of requesting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Notice to Proceed for all remaining construction of Atlantic Sunrise, with a target of beginning greenfield pipeline construction in Pennsylvania this fall.

Williams committed to moving forward with construction in strict adherence with our permits in a manner that protects safety and minimizes impacts to communities and the environment. 

In addition to these key federal and state permits, Williams also received FERC approval to place a portion of the project into service early. Accordingly, it expects to begin partial service today, Sept. 1, providing 400,000 dth/day of firm transportation service on Transco’s mainline facilities to various delivery points. The partial service milestone is the result of recently completed modifications to existing Transco facilities in Virginia and Maryland.

Williams is pleased to have reached these important milestones to move forward with Atlantic Sunrise. This vital project will leverage existing infrastructure to deliver economic growth and expand access to affordable Pennsylvania-produced clean-burning natural gas, to support thousands of manufacturing jobs, and improve the quality of life for all residents of the Commonwealth.

Everyone on the Atlantic Sunrise team and at Williams thanks all those that have provided ongoing support, including reaching out to Gov. Wolf, and for those individuals’ tireless efforts to support the growth of American energy, American jobs and a brighter economic future for Pennsylvania.

Montour County Readdressing Completed

The third and final wave of change-of-address letters for Montour County, Riverside Borough, and Rush Township was sent in mid-August. The readdressing, which was part of the 911 consolidation with Columbia County, was prolonged due to conflicts found in the Danville zip code. Businesses and residents that have not received a change-of-address letter should call the GIS office at 570-387-4930.

The post office will recognize old addresses for a period of one year from the initial notification. Additional information, including links to forms to update drivers’ licenses with PennDOT and business addresses with the PA Department of Revenue, is available at the Montour County website.

Member News – August 30, 2017

Member News

  • Co., a social and professional networking group that is run by the United Way of Columbia and Montour County, will hold its fall kickoff event tonight, Aug. 30, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Farmhouse at Turkey Hill’s Greenhouse. Co. was founded to give area residents the opportunity to take advantage of all the great things this area has to offer. This group is for everyone, which means any age, ability, or area of residence. It holds multiple events each month. For more information about Co., including future events, visit its Facebook page. Co. will also host a mixer on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Old Forge, located at 298 Mill St., Danville. 

 

  • From the Bucknell Small Business Development Center: Students enrolled in a Markets, Innovation and Design course this fall at Bucknell University are offering to design websites free of charge for local businesses and organizations during the fall semester. The web design project will provide a hands-on learning experience for the students while benefiting local organizations. Recent examples of their work include Amami, West Branch Brewery and Beer Barn. If your business or organization would like to be considered for a free website design or redesign this fall, fill out an application to be considered. The application deadline is tomorrow, Aug. 31

 

  • For the past two years, Service 1st Federal Credit Union, Old Forge Brewing Company and Heart to Hand Ministries have been Going Gold and teaming up in September to raise awareness about pediatric cancer in Danville. The organizers are exciting to announce that this year, not only is Danville Going Gold once again, but Bloomsburg and Lewisburg are joining the fight against childhood cancer. Marley’s Brewery & Grill and the Town of Bloomsburg will both be involved. A series of upcoming events will each feature an official proclamation presented by the Mayor, live entertainment, chances to win raffle baskets and other Going Golf specials. The events will occur on the following dates:
    Thursday, Aug. 31, 6 p.m., Old Forge Brewing, 298 Mill St., Danville
    Wednesday, Sept. 6, 6 p.m., Marley’s Brewery & Grille, 1323 Columbia Blvd. (Rt. 11), Bloomsburg
    Wednesday, Sept. 6, 6 p.m., Brendan’s Towne Tavern, 600 Market St., Lewisburg
    Marley’s and Old Forge have collaborated on a special Going Gold Golden Nugget beer. $1 from each pint of Golden Nugget purchased throughout the month will be donated to the mission. All proceeds will benefit the ThinkBIG Pediatric Cancer Fund. For more information about Going Gold III, please call Service 1st’s contact center at 800-562-6049. 

 

  • Sea Island Gullah music by Ranky Tanky will be featured at the next free outdoor concert at The Weis Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. Tickets are not required for this family-friendly performance on the Weis Center Plaza. 

    Sea Island Gullah music group Ranky Tanky

    The rain location is the Weis Center Atrium Lobby. Patrons are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket and picnic. A free pre-performance lecture and demonstration with the artist will take place the same day from 5:15-5:45 p.m. in the Atrium Lobby. Visit the Weis Center’s event page for more information about this performance.

 

  • Have you ever thought about starting your own business, but weren’t quite sure if it would be right for you? Or maybe you want to know what paperwork you need in order to open your doors? These and several other common questions for small businesses will covered at First Step Seminars during the month of September given by both the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center and the Bucknell Small Business Development Center. A seminar in Bloomsburg given by the Wilkes SBDC will be on Friday, Sept. 8, at noon at the Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc. Business Incubator, 151 E. Main St., Bloomsburg. Cost is $15 for the First Step book. Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registration is preferred. Register by calling 570-408-4334, email or online. A similar program given by the Bucknell SBDC will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Albright Center, 450 Chestnut St., Sunbury. Cost is $25. Register online or by calling Shelley Gadoury at 570-577-1249. Topics discussed at both events will include different legal structures a business can be, how to write a business plan and create financial projections, and much more. 

 

  • The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation will host a pair of identical presentations titled “Planning Ahead: The Importance of Planning for the Future,” featuring local elder law attorney Marianne Kreisher. The events will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 13,  from 8:30-10 a.m. at Bloomsburg University’s Monty’s on Upper Campus, and on Wednesday, Sept. 20, also from 8:30-10 a.m., at Susquehanna University’s Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center. Both events will feature a complimentary breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by the presentation. Attorney Kreisher will discuss the importance of open communication and collaboration between the investment advisor and attorney to achieve the best results for clients; well-drafted estate planning documents including power of attorneys, wills and trusts; understanding the lifetime and after death wishes of individuals; and examining the interplay of “gifting” on long-term care, taxes and asset protection. RSVP to Karri Harter by Sept. 6 by email or call 570-752-3930, ext. 6. 

 

  • The Bloomsburg University Department of Exceptionality Programs and the Jones Center for Special Education Excellence will host a screening and discussion of Mimi and Dona on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Greenly Center, rooms 116 & 117, located at 50 E. Main St., Bloomsburg. This film by Sophie Spartain is an “unforgettable story of love and tough choices, exploring issues of disability, long term care and the realities of aging.” This event is free and open to the public but due to limited seating, pre-registration is encouraged. To register, call Tammy Pursel at 814-270-5556 or email

 

  • McBride Memorial Librarylocated at 500 N. Market St., Berwick, will host its next Entrepreneur Breakfast on Friday, Sept. 15, from 8-9 a.m. These breakfasts provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs and small business owners to network, get support, collaborate on projects, trade problem-solving stories and challenges, and much more. Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn about the services that McBride can offer small business owners and that they are able to take advantage of. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is requested. To register, call 570-752-2241 or email.

 

  • The Bucknell Small Business Development Center will host a three-part workshop titled “HR 20/20” that will provide an opportunity for small business owners to clearly understand and develop strategies for recruiting employees, reducing employee turnover, promoting employee development and retaining a talents, flexible and diverse workforce. The first part of this series will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the DeWitt Bldg. 3rd Floor, 416 Market St., Lewisburg. It will feature Tina Welch, the founder of Welch Performance Consulting, a human resources consulting firm. She will speak about developing a structured recruitment and selection process that will help small business owners find talent with skill and corporate culture fit. Topics include: the importance of structured recruitment and selection and how to develop one for your organization; maximizing your employment brand to attract and retain talent; and a special focus and attracting and retaining millennials/young professionals. Cost is $40 for one session, or $100 when registering and attending all three in the series. Register online or by calling Shelley Gadoury at 570-577-1249. 

 

  • Geisinger Health will hold its inaugural Dream Big Hot Air Balloon Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Spyglass Ridge Winery, 400 Plum Creek Rd., Sunbury. Proceeds from this event will benefit Geisinger’s Comprehensive Breast care Program. Activities include balloon rides (weather-permitting), live bands and food trucks, children’s activities and family fun, professional and amateur photo competitions, performances by local dance groups, a fresh food farmers market and family photo sessions in front of the balloons. Admission is free. For more information, read this flyer.Event organizers are also seeking donations of small items (approx. $10-20 in value) from area businesses and individuals for an auction. If interested in making a donation, please contact Linda Vaji at 570-214-2581 or email

Chamber to Co-Host Candidate Forums for Bloomsburg and Danville Local Elections

Candidates for Bloomsburg Town Council and Danville Borough Council will share their thoughts on the issues facing these communities at public events this fall. Community members will also be invited to submit questions. The candidate forums are being presented by the Joint Governmental Affairs Committee of the Chamber and Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau.

The Candidate Forum for the Danville Borough Council candidates will he held Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 6-8 p.m. at the Danville Ballroom in Borough Hall on Mill Street.

The Forum for Bloomsburg Town Council candidates will be held Wednesday, Oct. 4 at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center Street in downtown Bloomsburg. The forum for general Council will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a second session for the registered Mayoral candidates beginning at 7:35 p.m.

All registered candidates have been invited to participate. A series of questions developed by the Committee will be presented to each candidate in rotating order. Written questions submitted by audience members will be presented, time permitting.