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Voice of the Valley An Advertising Supplement to The Daily Item and The Danville News


APRIL 1, 2019


Snyder-Union-Northumberland Habitat for Humanity

Did You Know? Did you know that SUN Habitat for Humanity does not give away their homes? We sell them to our families that are approved for our program for 75% of the finished appraised value using a 0% interest rate mortgage that we provide through our program. SUN Habitat considers families living at 60 to 80% of the median income of the county that we are building or rehabilitating our homes. Did you know that 33% of housing units are renters? More people are renting now in the United States than owning a home since 1965. The reason - affordability and the belief that it is too difficult to get a mortgage through the bank. SUN Habitat for Humanity builds or remodels two homes every year in partnership with lowto moderate-income families and helps them to obtain home ownership status. It is a great opportunity for a family to obtain a safe, decent, and affordable home. Did you know that the stability of home ownership increases a child’s participation in the community, their sense of belonging, their health and their wellbeing? Living in a home provides a child with the opportunity to attend one school, become involved in team sports and clubs, and a steady environment in which

to grow and thrive. They have a sense of “control” of their environment and display the desire to improve what they own and be responsible for who they are. Did you know that we use local volunteers to help obtain our mission? SUN Habitat is a volunteer driven non-profit who uses the local talents of our residents to work alongside our families when building their homes. We also partner with both Bucknell and Susquehanna University students who participate through their local chapters to help erect and sponsor our homes. On any given Saturday we will have anywhere from 10 to 25 volunteers on site performing different tasks to erect a safe, decent home for our neighbors in need. These volunteers will complete about 1200 hours of labor per home saving SUN Habitat thousands on every build.

Volunteer Fun

Did you know that all of our funding comes from local grants, foundations, people, businesses, churches and other organizations that fund raise on our behalf? We do not receive any funding from our international organization unless they are designated to SUN Habitat. Along with cash donations SUN Habitat does receive deep discounts and material donations from local businesses. We are a certified non-profit so anything you donate is deductible on your taxes, that includes discounts. SUN Habitat has built or rehabilitated 34 homes in the three-county region using local donations of cash and materials for families that are

Did you know that we have several volunteer opportunities other than working on homes? SUN Habitat has a volunteer board and volunteer committees that help the organization run. You can serve on the Board, Family Selection, Family support, Fund Raising, Communications, and Church Relations - we will find a spot that you are happy with and that fits into your volunteer time.

your neighbors in need. Did you know that anyone can apply for a Habitat Home? You can make up to 80% of the median income to be approved for our program. In 2019 a family of four can make up to $48,400 per year and still qualify. We are designed to help those who are living in substandard conditions obtain an affordable home where they can live safely and decently. SUN Habitat is an equal housing opportunity lender and as such we have no standard definition of what a family is; we truly have now or have had every type of family in our program including foster families with no natural children. Not sure if you qualify? Put in an application and we will let you know in 30 days. Has any of this moved you to action? Please reach out and let us know that you wish to become part of the solution and mission to provide affordable homes to

our neighbors. It’s easy - call Sandy at 570-374-2437 or email If you wish to send a donation today please mail to PO Box 64, Selinsgrove, PA 17870.

Happy Families

INSIDE this EDITION Just A Word by Bob Garrett Leadership Susquehanna Valley 2019 Calendar of Events DIYLaundry Detergent Recipe SU Solar Array One Bookstore’s Bubble Wrap Panda Hummel 1 Year Anniversary

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GREATER SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY CHAMBER MISSION The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce advances the prosperity of its communities, commerce, culture, fellow citizens, and their businesses in its region through the leadership of its members.

Sustainable Building “Building Green” - what does it really mean? Ted Strosser, from Strosser Baer Architects is a subject matter expert. Strosser Baer Architects is a full-service architectural firm, headquartered in Sunbury, PA, dedicated to the preservation of our region’s cultural and natural resources. Their projects blend traditional forms, materials, and time-tested building practices with the latest in computer-aided design tools, building information modeling (BIM), and sustainable technologies.

M&T Bank Graciously Funding SUN Habitat for Humanity

Pictured is a project just completed for Penn College in Wellsboro. ing into a new classroom building, and features sustainable materials and systems.











When asked about sustainable building, Ted says “the most sustainable building is an existing building, in fact, the older the better”. Before modern technology, structures were built making intuitive use of daylight and sun exposure and were most often in walkable communities. Existing buildings already have the infrastructure in

place such as water, sewer and other utilities. For a new construction project, the most important decision to make to maximize sustainability is siting the building. It is better to use a parcel in an existing developed area that already has access to utilities such as sewer, water and transportation. The next important item to consider is solar orientation to keep the summer sun out and the winter sun in. This helps to reduce reliance on heating and cooling systems. Strategic landscaping can also assist with this effort. The thermal envelope is also important (i.e. materials and design of the walls and roof). Finally, mechanical system decisions (lighting, heating, cooling) are very important. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in the US, buildings

account for: • 39 percent of total energy use • 12 percent of the total water consumption • 68 percent of total electricity consumption • 38 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions Also according the EPA, “The built environment has a vast impact on the natural environment, human health, and the economy. By adopting green building strategies, we can maximize both economic and environmental performance. Green construction methods can be integrated into buildings at any stage, from design and construction, to renovation and deconstruction. However, the most significant benefits can be obtained if the design and construction team takes an integrated approach from the earliest stages of a building project.”


# Habitat for Humanity® Building Homes, Building Hope, Building Neighborhoods



Just A Word...


"Forget the Box—Think Outside


For this month’s Voice of the Valley theme, your Chamber’s Communications Committee members chose: Green Living/ Earth Day. Being a frustrated outdoor writer, this theme really floated my boat, so to speak. The reason I list myself as frustrated is simply due to the fact that my busy schedule doesn’t leave much time for being outside.

Sue Greene, Penn State Executive Programs

VICE CHAIRPERSON Art Thomas, Meek Tech Inc.

PAST CHAIRPERSON John Uehling, Contrast Communications

But then again, is it really my schedule that’s to blame, or is there something else that doesn’t allow me more outdoor time? After some reflection, it’s apparent to me that I think too much inside the box. Said another way, I tend to prioritize my inside work and categorize my great out-of-doors activities as unimportant or even as luxuries.


This month, I’m making a Spring Resolution and I invite you to join me in doing so: I resolve to ‘forget the box’ and of thinking of indoor work as my only priority. Heading outside will also be a priority for me and hopefully for you, too.


One of my favorite early-April outdoor activities is to observe tell-tale signs of spring. American Robins have returned to the Greater Susquehanna Valley in big numbers this year. Add to this, Snow Drop flowers are blooming in large yet delicate clumps seemingly everywhere.

Dave Herbert, Camp Mount Luther

Fred Scheller, The Daily Item Jennifer Hain , SUN Area Technical Institute Kendra Aucker, Evangelical Community Hospital

Crocus flowers are popping their multi-colored heads up out of the soil and will soon peak. These harbingers of spring will soon be followed by white and yellow daffodils. Just behind them will be tulips.

Judi Karr, Nottingham Village Senior Living Community

In the evenings, herds of white tail deer will quickly multiply their numbers as young fawns grow strong enough to venture out into the fields. Before we know it, our lawns will be green again, trees will be full of leaves, and farmer’s crops will reach to the sky.

Brion Lieberman, Geisinger

So, how about joining me, and this month we will forget the box and think outside? If nothing else, all that fresh air will do us a world of good.

Jeff Reber, Susquehanna Valley Home Services LLC

DIRECTORS Greg Zeh, Weis Markets Ken Potter, RHP LLC

Along the way, a special and hearty thanks to SUN Habitat for Humanity for being this month’s Voice of the Valley sponsor. Please take a few moments and read all about their open house (see page 8) on April 9th.

John Kurelja, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit Jessica Brazier, M&T Bank Reed Byrum, Bucknell SBDC Gene Welsh III, CDK Development Aimee Buehner, Bowen Agency Josh Bradley, AgChoice Farm Credit Malcom Derk, Susquehanna University Amber Depew, UPMC Susquehanna

Bob Garrett

Abbie Sholley

Jenny Wentz

Chris Berleth

Vanessa Venios

President & CEO rga rrett@gsvcc. or g

Director of Finance

Director of Member­ ship, Communications & Workforce jwentz@gsvcc. org

Relationship Director

Relationship Liaison

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Connecting Business & Community.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS • Mountain View Manor, A Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Contact: Michelle Houtz 2050 Trevorton Rd. Coal Township, PA 17866 570.644.4400 A continuing care community that brings together short term rehabilitation, 24 hour long term nursing care, memory care neighborhood, and medical services in the heart of the coal region. We believe in creating an environment and atmosphere that supports the well-being of all our guests.

• Burns Tae Kwon Do Contact: Nathan Morgan 315 N. Water Street Selinsgrove, PA 17870 570.374.0849

• Leo # s Pizzeria Contact: Mark Mangia 54 S. Front Street Milton, PA 17847 570.666.2396 Pizza shop, subs, wings.

•Family Planning Plus Contact: Peggy Moser 4612 Westbranch Highway Lewisburg, PA 17837 570.523.3600 Serving Snyder, Union, Northumberland, Mifflin, and Juniata Counties, Family Planning Plus is a non-profit health care organization dedicated to providing confidential and accessible health care.

The area's premiere martial arts school, serving Selinsgrove, PA since 1980!

Thank You,

You Make a Difference

2019 Renewing Members as of March 20th A.S.K. Insurance All Saints Episcopal Church American Heart Association Applebee’s Grill and Bar BB&T Ben Beaver, Associate Member Ben Reichley, Associate Member Borough of Northumberland Brewer’s Outlet Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc. Charlie Benner, Associate Member Comfort Specialists, Inc. County of Snyder Diane Weller Coaching DRIVE Earl Ferster, Associate Member Econo Lodge Inn & Suites First Citizens Community Bank Fulton Bank Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania Jim Hartman, Associate Member Keystone Building Products, Inc. Lackawanna College - Sunbury Center M&T Bank Marco Maria Joseph Continuing Care Community


G reater Susquehanna V alley Chamber of Commerce

Mass Mutual Financial Advisors Merakey Mericle Commercial Real Estate Mike Rennie State Farm Agency Recruiter Mount Carmel Downtown, Inc. Myers & Lynch Insurance, Inc. Nottingham Senior Living Community RE/MAX Bridges Representative Kurt Masser Roadarmel Springer LLC Ronald McDonald House of Danville, Inc. Shikellamy Afterschool Program Specialty Settlement Services Stacy Richards & Associates Standard Journal Newspapers Steve’s Power Washing Sunbury Animal Hospital Sunbury Area Bowling Association (SABA) Sunbury Generation LP Sunbury Revitalization, Inc. Susquehanna Art Museum Susquehanna Industrial Development Corporation Susquehanna Valley Estate Planning Council The Miller Center for Recreation and Wellness Tom’s Eatery at Fox Crossing

2859 N. Susquehanna Trail Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 570-743-4100 / 800-410-2880 Fax: 570-743-1221 Hours: M-F 8:30am - 4:30pm no

2019 Chair’s Circle Members 1847 Financial Aloysius Butler & Clark BB&T BJE Poultry Bowen Agency Realtors Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate Contrast Communications Evangelical Community Hospital First National Bank of PA Fulton Bank GDK Development Geisinger Jersey Shore State Bank Kreamer Feed M&T Bank MCPS of Central PA Members Choice Financial Credit Union Mifflinburg Bank & Trust Company National Beef North Shore Railroad Nottingham Village Senior Living Community Penn State Executive Programs Penn State World Campus PPL Electric Utilities Practical Business Solutions Purdy Insurance Agency Service 1st Federal Credit Union Service Electric Cablevision, Inc. Stahl Sheaffer Engineering, LLC SUN Area Technical Institute Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation Susquehanna University The Daily Item The Northumberland National Bank UPMC Susquehanna Wood-Mode




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A Picture's Worth by Chris Berleth In 1921, Frederick R. Barnard, National Advertising Manager for the Street Railways Advertising Company used the phrase “A picture is worth ten thousand words” as a caption to promote the sale of baking soda. In 1927, he altered the phrase slightly to what has become “a picture is worth a thousand words”, the idiom that highlights the marketing truth that “a preponderance of favorable impressions (images) for a meritorious product will remind consumer to buy again and again.” We’re in recruiting season for Leadership Susquehanna Valley, eagerly anticipating the next class of leaders. Ironically, in this season, we meet our most challenging reality, that there is no picture which could show the profundity of inspiration to lead amassed in each heart during our program. If Leadership Susquehanna Valley were to rely on pictures to recruit, we would come up maddeningly short, especially in the month of March. At our March Community and Human Services Program Day sponsored by Albright Footcare Center, class members take part in one of the most eye-opening experiences of the program - a

tour of the Allenwood Federal Correctional Institution. Cell phones are not allowed, and there are no photos permitted on the grounds. No pen or pencil may enter the complex so as to write down the thoughts that cross the minds of the class members. In a rehashing of the Healthcare Day’s exercise in mindfulness, class members have no distractions to beset them, and no alternative to capture the memory of the tour beyond the mind’s own ability to recollect. The tour of Allenwood is a hard reality check that crime, punishment, and the realities of personal consequences quietly abide in our backyard. It is also a reminder that each and every day, men and women go to work in corrections with two goals in mind: to serve as the corrections officers who would keep the public safe and to offer the hope for rehabilitation and renewal to offenders. Educational and culinary programs, work experiences, arts, recreation and drug rehabilitation communicate worth and significance to Allenwood’s population. This worth, this effort to rise above the shame of past events, is moving. As community leaders, the Leadership Susquehanna

Learn it, Live it, Lead it! Leadership Susquehanna Valley Leadership Coach, Caz Russell, brings you this monthly leadership moment.

Valley class were exposed to the fact that inmates and corrections officers alike rely on an engaged community every day. From hospital services, religious and psychological counseling, educational resources (through volunteers), to workforce opportunities and the very real help given to working class people during the federal government’s recent shutdown, class members learned this month that the success of our prisons and the future of our community are intrinsically tied. There are no pictures, there is just one impression, burned into the minds of all who tour such places and experience our class. For months we’ve been challenging class members to engage, and while we’ve been pushing, the community groans in anticipation of leaders who will step up. There are no pictures, and in the moments that we wait for leaders to lead, we have no more words. Leadership Susquehanna Valley is built to drive the community to engage. If you want to experience this, or want this for your employees, visit for more.

Learn to be an encourager on and off the job! A snail was climbing an apple tree looking for its daily snack. Upon reaching the bottom branches he met a worm sitting on a limb. The worm asked “are you looking for lunch and if you are this tree has no apples!” The snail replied, there will be when I get there!” Not much encouragement coming from the worm, was there? I believe the word encouragement could be the most meaningful word to understand in building relationships. An encourager is a person who sees the value in others and sets upon themselves to brighten someone else’s day. Encouraging others is a learnable skill. With time and energy, each of us, by setting our intentions, may become

Stacie Snyder of Central Services program day.









Deneen Porzi of UPMC Susquehanna shares her leadership credo.




someone who “makes their day!” I must admit that I am not a natural born encourager. In my younger years, I believe I was supportive and helpful in my daily encounters with others, but I didn’t realize the importance encouraging others. I often took for granted the Sunday meals my mother would make or the sacrifices my wife would make when she purchased clothes for the children before herself. I even remember one of my leaders telling that he will let me know when I am not meeting expectations. I have heard it said that a formal education will make you a living but self-education will give you a life. Let’s selfeducate today. In grade school, the teacher would have us write on the chalk board the words she wanted us to learn to spell.

Today, right now, repeat the word “Encouragement” 5 times in a row. Repetition is the motor of learning and what we say to ourselves we become. If I want to make a difference in my home life, my work life and in the community, I need to intentionally focus on being an encourager. Who will I encourage today?

Each day, encouragement first starts with me. Learn to be a self-encourager. Nothing happens on the outside of us until it happens on the inside of us. A simple recognition of what others value is a key to being an encourager. Identity who you would like to encourage and learn to use words of encouragement. A lot more is caught than is taught and we all could use this phrase in our relationships to help others become who we know they can be.


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Joanne Troutman of the GSV United Way speaks to class members about the United Way's priorities for impact. VOICE OF THE VALLEY | APRIL 2019




Financial Friday


Business & Education Committee Meeting Wednesday, April 3

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Community Prosperity Alliance Committee Meeting Thursday, April 4 9:30 am - 10:30 am McClure Revitalization 24 N. Brown St., McClure 17841 Financial Friday Friday, April 5 8:30 am - 9:00 am On The Mark, 1070 AM Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting Friday, April 5 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Marzoni's - 834 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870 GSVCC Food & Wine Festival

Friday, May 3 8:30 am - 9:00 am On The Mark, 1070 AM Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting Friday, May 3 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Marzoni's - 834 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870 Economic Revitalization in the Lower Anthracite Region: Anthracite Summit Tuesday, May 7 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Springfield Banquet Hall 23 Sherman St., Coal Township, PA 17866 Transportation Committee Meeting Friday, May 10 7:30 am - 8:30 am Hoss's - 3134 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Programs & Development Committee Meeting Monday, May 13 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Saturday, April 6 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Iron Front Events - 434 Market Street, Suite 301, Lewisburg, PA 17837 Programs & Development Committee Meeting

Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting Friday, May 17 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Marzoni's - 834 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

Monday, April 8

Annual Meeting Luncheon

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Monday, May 20

Young Americans Seminar

10:30 am - 1:00 pm Susquehanna University - 514 University Ave, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

Wednesday, April 10 7:30 am - 2:00 pm The Country Cupboard -101 Hafer Rd, Lewisburg, PA 17837 Tourism Luncheon Thursday, April 11 11:15 am -1:00 pm La Primavera - 2593 Old Turnpike Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837 Legislative Breakfast Meet the Candidates Friday, April 12 7:30 am - 9:00 am The Country Cupboard -101 Hafer Rd, Lewisburg, PA 17837 Women's Leadership Symposium Committee Meeting Tuesday, April 23

Monday, August 12

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Marzoni's - 834 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Membership Celebration

Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting

Women's Leadership Symposium

4:30 pm - 7:00 pm Knoebels Amusement Resort - 291 Knoebels Blvd., Elysburg, PA 17824

Friday, August 16

Tuesday, October 1

11:30 am -1:00 pm Marzoni's - 834 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

7:30 am - 4:30 pm The Country Cupboard -101 Hafer Rd, Lewisburg, PA 17837

Women's Leadership Symposium Committee Meeting

Women's Leadership Symposium Committee Meeting

Business & Education Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 25

Tuesday, August 27

Wednesday, October 2

8:30 am - 9:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

8:30 am - 9:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

7:30 am - 8:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Communications Committee Meeting

Communications Committee Meeting

Community Prosperity Alliance Committee Meeting

Wednesday, June 26

Wednesday, August 28

Thursday, October 3

8:00 am - 9:00 am Fulton Bank -1255 N. Susquehanna Trl, Hummels Wharf, PA 17831

8:00 am - 9:00 am Fulton Bank -1255 N. Susquehanna Trl, Hummels Wharf, PA 17831

9:30 am - 10:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Ambassador Committee Meeting

Friday, October 4

Friday, June 28

Ambassador Committee Meeting Friday, August 30

8:00 am - 8:30 am Conference Call

8:00 am - 8:30 am Conference Call


Business & Education Committee Meeting


Financial Friday

Thursday, October 10

9:30 am - 10:30 am Danville Business Alliance - Danville, PA

Transportation Committee Meeting

Financial Friday

Monday, October 14

Friday, September 6 8:30 am - 9:00 am On The Mark, 1070 AM

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting

Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting

Friday, May 31

Communications Committee Meeting Wednesday, July 24 8:00 am - 9:00 am Fulton Bank -1255 N. Susquehanna Trl, Hummels Wharf, PA 17831


Breakfast Forum-The Benefits of Employee Ownership

7:30 am - 8:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Wednesday, June 5

Community Prosperity Alliance Committee Meeting Thursday, June 6 9:30 am - 10:30 am Saber, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Financial Friday Friday, June 7 8:30 am - 9:00 am On The Mark, 1070 AM Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 1

Friday, June 7

7:30 am - 8:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Marzoni's - 834 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

Community Prosperity Alliance Committee Meeting

Programs & Development Committee Meeting

Thursday, May 2

Monday, June 10

9:30 am -10:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Angela Hummel Consult­ ing LLC was hosted by the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce at her Leadership Training Seminar for the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way on Thurs­ day, March 21st. Angela develops and delivers training that is informational, interactive and inspiring. She has been in the training and or­ ganizational development field for more than twenty years, so her presentation portfolio is expansive. Her favorite sessions to facilitate are: Communication Skills, Change Management, Creating a Coaching Culture, Conflict Man­ agement, Generational Diversity, Positive Workplaces, and Time and Life Management. She is also very interested in team building and uses DiSC to build better teams. She will work with you and your organization to customize an engag­ ing learning event to meet your needs. For more information please visit

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Joint Legislative Breakfast Friday, November 15 7:30 am - 9:00 am The Country Cupboard -101 Hafer Rd, Lewisburg, PA 17837 Women's Leadership Symposium Committee Meeting Tuesday, November 26

Wednesday, November 27 8:00 am - 9:00 am TFulton Bank-1255 N. Susquehanna Trl, Hummels Wharf, PA 17831 Ambassador Committee Meeting Friday, November 29 8:00 am - 8:30 am Conference Call

Transportation Committee Meeting


Friday, October 11 7:30 am - 8:30 am Hoss's - 3134 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Programs & Development Committee Meeting

Friday, September 6

Friday, October 18

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Marzoni's - 834 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Marzoni's - 834 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

Programs & Development Committee Meeting

Communications Committee Meeting

Monday, September 9

Wednesday, October 23

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

8:00 am - 9:00 am Fulton Bank -1255 N. Susquehanna Trl, Hummels Wharf, PA 17831

11th Annual Economic Forecast Luncheon

Ambassador Committee Meeting

Thursday, September 12

Friday, October 25 8:00 am - 8:30 am Conference Call

Thursday, August 1

11:15 am - 1:00 pm Rusty Rail - 5 N. 8th St., Suite 1, Mifflinburg, PA 17844

9:30 am - 10:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Transportation Committee Meeting

Community Prosperity Alliance Committee Meeting

Monday, November 11

11:15 am - 1:00 pm Barn Appétit -1300 State Route 405, Milton, PA 17847

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

8:30 am - 9:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Programs & Development Committee Meeting

Agriculture Luncheon

Thursday, September 5

7:30 am - 8:30 am Hoss's - 3134 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

7:30 am - 8:30 am Hoss's - 3134 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Marzoni's - 834 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

Monday, July 8

Tuesday, May 28

Friday, November 8

Communications Committee Meeting

Community Prosperity Alliance Committee Meeting

Friday, July 12

Transportation Committee Meeting

Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting Friday, October 4

Programs & Development Committee Meeting

Women's Leadership Symposium Committee Meeting

11:15 am -1:00 pm Front Street Station - #2 Front Street, Northumberland, PA 17857

8:30 am - 9:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

8:30 am - 9:00 am On The Mark, 1070 AM

Communications Committee Meeting Wednesday, May 22 8:00 am - 9:00 am Fulton Bank -1255 N. Susquehanna Trl. Hummels Wharf, PA 17831

Thursday, November 7

8:30 am - 9:00 am On The Mark, 1070 AM

7:30 am - 8:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Business & Education Committee Meeting


Friday, June 21

9:30 am - 10:30 am Watsontown Borough - Watsontown, PA Communications Luncheon

Friday, July 5

8:00 am - 8:30 am Conference Call St., Sunbury, PA 17801

Business & Education Committee Meeting

Programs & Development Committee Meeting

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Susquehanna University - 514 University Ave, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

Wednesday, April 24

8:00 am - 9:00 am Montour Preserve (Nature Center Conference Room) 374 Preserve Rd., Danville, PA 17821

Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting

Thursday, November 7

8:30 am - 1:30 pm Knoebels Three Ponds Golf Course - 954 PA-487, Elysburg, PA 17824

Wednesday, September 4

8:00 am - 9:00 am Conference Call

Friday, April 30

Friday, August 9 7:30 am - 8:30 am Hoss's - 3134 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Financial Friday

Communications Committee Meeting

Friday, April 26

Friday, September 27

Friday, June 14

Friday, June 21

Community Prosperity Alliance Committee Meeting

18th Annual Golf Classic

Monday, May 20

Ambassador Committee Meeting

Ambassador Committee Meeting

Transportation Committee Meeting

7:30 am - 8:30 am Hoss's - 3134 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Young Americans Banquet

8:30 am - 9:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

8:00 am - 9:00 am Fulton Bank-1255 N. Susq. Trl, Hummels Wharf, 17831

Transportation Committee Meeting

Christmas Party Wednesday, December 4 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Community Prosperity Alliance Committee Meeting Thursday, December 5 9:30 am -10:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Financial Friday Friday, December 6 8:30 am - 9:00 am On The Mark, 1070 AM Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting Friday, December 6 11:30 am -1:00 pm Marzoni's - 834 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870 Programs & Development Committee Meeting Monday, December 9 12:00 pm -1:00 pm GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Friday, September 13 Financial Friday Friday, August 2 8:30 am - 9:00 am On The Mark, 1070 AM Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting Friday, August 2 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Marzoni's - 834 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870 Business & Education Committee Meeting Wednesday, August 7 7:30 am - 8:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Networking with Non-Profits Thursday, August 8 11:15 am - 1:00 pm Susquehanna Valley Mall One Susquehanna Valley Mall Drive, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

Transportation Committee Meeting Friday, December 13 7:30 am - 8:30 am Hoss's - 3134 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

7:30 am - 8:30 am Hoss's - 3134 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Joint Legislative Breakfast Friday, September 20 7:30 am - 9:00 am The Country Cupboard -101 Hafer Rd, Lewisburg, PA 17837 Women's Leadership Symposium Committee Meeting Tuesday, September 24 8:30 am - 9:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Communications Committee Meeting Wednesday, September 25 8:00 am - 9:00 am Fulton Bank -1255 N. Susquehanna Trl, Hummels Wharf, PA 17831

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4-H Club Coming to Milton TIME - The Improved Milton Experience is excited to announce that a 4-H Club will be launching for the youth of the Milton area. 4-H is a Youth Development program conducted by Penn State Extension and is operated locally by the Northumberland County Extension Office. 4-H members, including those that enroll in the program at TIME, will learn leadership, civic engagement, and life skills through hands-on learning

activities under the guidance of caring adult volunteers. A registration and information session was held at Chefs Place on the second floor of the Milton Moose Family Center on Saturday, March 2,2019, 11:00 a.m. to Noon. George Venios, TIME Executive Director, and Sam Nicola, Northumberland County 4-H Youth Development Educator, was on hand to give details of how the club will work,

where youth can learn to cook and manage a business, as well as socialize with their peers throughout the region. The program also includes a nearby Chefs Garden allowing instruction on gardening, farmto-table concepts, and to learn canning processes.

opportunities for members of the 4-H club, to answer any questions, and to assist parents and guardians in enrolling their youth in the club. Due to a generous grant from Conagra Brands Foundation, there is no fee for youth to enroll in the club. The Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way also provides funding for TIME’S youth programs.

TIME is a non-profit corporation which is focused on community revitalization and economic development. It seeks to act as a catalyst

TIME’S 4H Club will primarily focus on Chefs Place programs

in order to instill pride and a positive image for Milton while building from the best of its past, present and future.

this event, please contact Sam Nicola at (570) 556-4746 or in advance of your participation.

4-H is a Youth Development Program that is open to boys and girls age 5-18 and does not discriminate based on sex, sexual orientation, race, or religion. The 4-H Club at TIME, however, is intended for Middle School and High School youth ages 11-18. If you require any assistance to attend

George Venios Executive Director T.I.M.E. The Improved Milton Experience 139 South Front Street, Milton PA 17847 570-412-1653

Foundation Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary with Annual Meeting Focused on Impact Stories Tn celebration of its 20 years of service, the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation (CSCF) held its Annual Meeting on March 6, 2019, at the Pine Barn Inn (Danville). During the event, 14 inspiring stories were shared about the impact CSCF has had in communities throughout the Central Susquehanna region. The storytellers, pictured below, represented nonprofits, clients, donors, Foundation board members and staff.

in the Central Susquehanna area. Central Susquehanna partners with regional affiliates including the Berwick Health and Wellness Fund, Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation, Danville Area Community Foundation, Selinsgrove Area Community Foundation, and Sunbury Area Community Foundation. For more information, visit www. or call the Foundation at 1-866-4546692.

The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation manages more than 260 charitable funds and makes grant investments throughout the region to improve the quality of life

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DIY Laundry Detergent - HE Friendly This HE friendly DIY laundry detergent recipe is perfect for anyone with sensitive skin and babies too. See why this is the best DIY laundry detergent recipe- it’s cheap and works amazing! Best Laundry Detergent Recipe Recipe Type: Cleaning Author: Melissa Llado Prep time: 20 mins Total time: 20 mins Serves: 200 loads Ingredients • 2 Gallon Container • 1 31b Container OxiClean FREE (store brands work too) • 3 Bars Tom’s of Maine Sensitive Soap (or any bar soap that you choose) • 1 31b Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda • 1 41b Box of Baking Soda • 1 76oz Box of Borax (optional)

Instructions 1. Grate the bars of soap. 2. Mix all ingredients together in container. Using a grater (larger holed graters are better or else you’ll clog the holes), grate your bars of soap and combine all ingredients. I would grate one bar and then mix in 1/3 of all the other ingredients in the large container and repeat until all ingredients are mixed in. You can also add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil, if you want your clothes to have a bit more scent. Llado, Melissa (2017, January 26). Best Laundry Detergent Recipe, https://

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L to R: Holly Morrison, CSCF president and CEO; Mike Flock, Youth in Philanthropy volunteer and former CSCF and Selinsgrove Area Community Foundation board member; John Kurelja, CSCF board member; Julie Eriksson, Selinsgrove Area Community Foundation board member and Robinson Fund representative; Gerard Stropnicky, story facilitator; Tina DeLong, Nurse-Family Partnership nurse and former client; Ellen Withrow, grant recipient with Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit and Women's Giving Circle member; Mike Benjamin, Danville Area Community Foundation's Holiday Happenings committee co-chair; Kayla Zambiasi, NurseFamily Partnership nurse and former client; Cory Fasold, Sunbury Area Community Foundation board member and Mertz Fund representative; Janelle Surkin, Berwick Area YMCA and community volunteer; Sharon Hess, Volunteers in Philanthropy committee member and former Berwick Health and Wellness Fund Advisory Committee member; Mel Endy, Carol Deforest Locke-Endy Fund representative; Vincent Krum, Rechsteiner Family Scholarship Fund and Robin Buehner Kindness Scholarship Fund recipient; Kara G. Seesholtz, CSCF chief advancement officer; Tara King, grant recipient with Berwick Dental Health Clinic

Staffing Changes Generations Asset Management announces Vivian Condit’s retirement. Vivian was an integral part of Generations Asset Management’s practice for over 15 years. During that time, she was a consummate professional and dedicated herself to serving our clients. Not only was Vivian instrumental in the successful start of our business; her positive attitude and commitment to providing outstanding customer service made a lasting impression on clients and business associates. We wish her all the best in retirement.

clients’ needs. Nate, who most recently was the sales manager for a regional business at their Lewisburg facility, is a graduate of Lewisburg High School and attended Lock Haven University. Generations Asset Management brings experience and insight into organizing all aspects of our clients’ financial life. We understand our clients’ goals for their savings and retirement as well as their dreams and bequests for their families. We work with other professional advisers in our clients’ lives, such as tax advisors and attorneys, ensuring that our advice is compatible, which contributes to our clients’ ability to achieve their financial goals.

Generations Asset Management is also pleased to announce that Nathan Wagner and Lisa Weiser have recently joined the team.

Generations Asset Management is located at 776 Bull Run Crossing, Suite 100, Lewisburg, and can be reached at 570.972.2613 or http://www.

Lisa, a Union County native, has been hired to continue Vivian’s legacy of customer service. With over 25 years of experience in finance and human resources, Lisa brings exceptional client relationship skills to our practice. She currently resides in Lewisburg with her husband, Scott.

Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/ SI PC Investment advice offered through Good Life Advisors LLC, a registered investment advisor. Good Life Advisors LLC, and Generations Asset Management are separate entities from LPL Financial.

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A new physical therapy reaches the Geisinger Medical Center A new initiative at Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) in Danville is bringing recumbent bicycles to hospital patients who would otherwise receive limited therapy. “It’s kind of a wild idea, but the outcomes are amazing,” said Austin Kerstetter, physical therapist and director of acute rehabilitation for GMC and GBH. “Healthcare continues to evolve, and we need to be creative to evolve with it.” Creativity is crucial for hospital-based physical therapists. “Therapy in an acute-care setting is limited by spatial restrictions,” Austin explained, noting that some patients are intubated or ventilated and can’t walk

more than five feet. “The patient’s condition is always a factor, too. We want to cater high-quality therapy to their needs, so they can bounce back quickly and return to their lives.” This innovative approach has led to some surprises for Austin, a professional physical therapist for more than a decade. For instance, when his team first considered using recumbent bikes in a hospital setting, they searched for similar programs to learn about best practices. However, while recumbent bikes are commonly used in outpatient therapy, Austin couldn’t find any literature or studies to suggest that they had been used in an inpatient setting.

“We began Bed to Bike on a leap of faith, with one bike that served patients admitted for respiratory failure,” Austin said. “Then we expanded to open-heart cardiovascular patients. It was so successful, we saw the benefit of using it in the ICU as well.” The results have been tremendous, he noted. “Patients experience improved functional mobility, and they’re happier with their care. They don’t just want to walk the hallways. They enjoy variety.” The therapy department at GMC has 13 recumbent bikes that are primarily deployed to the critical care unit, then to appropriate patients on

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The 12,000-panel, 14-acre array is located at the Center for Environmental Education and Research (CEER) along the western border of campus on Sassafras Street. The solar array is estimated to produce more than 5,300 megawatt hours (MWh) per year of electricity, enough to power all of the campus’ residence halls and avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking approximately 787 cars off the road each year. The solar initiative is a partnership with WGL Energy Systems, which has more than 200 MW of distributed generation projects installed or under contract across 20 states and the District of Columbia. WGL owns and operates the facility under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA), and Susquehanna purchases electricity from WGL. SGC Power, a Maryland-based company, served as co­ developer on the project and provided design and construction services.

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easy ... but as the warnings about climate change have reached a new level of alarm, ifffPi&t work has proven worth the effort,” Coyne said. “To shed some light—pun intended—this solar field isn’t our final destination; it’s a milestone along the way to the university being a carbon-

neutral campus.” In April, Susquehanna will use a small herd of 30 sheep from Owens Farm, Sunbury, to maintain the grass and weeds around the array. The sheep will help maintain the array’s efficiency by ensuring that grass and weeds

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One Bookstore's Bubble Wrap During this time of year, amidst the spring litter clean-ups and the Earth Day messaging, we often hear the familiar refrain of “Three Rs” repeated relentlessly: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Most folks know the trio, but many skip right to the third R to earn their “eco-friendly” merit badge: Recycling. While recycling has become mainstream in the past years, it’s the least effective of the Rs when it comes to making lasting impacts on the wastestream and pollution. The only one of our habits recycling asks us to examine and adapt is into which container we toss our waste. Here at Mondragon Books our favorite R is Reuse. Of course, our inventory is almost entirely used books, so we are part of the great river of reused items that flow through the valley. Thrift

stores, flea markets, yard sales, online marketplaces-reuse is a tradition that is deeply held by many thrifty, wise, & handy folks in our area. Reusing durable goods like clothes, books, furniture, toys & tools is a great way to save money and resources, but what about the less glamorous stuff we often buy (or are given for “free”) brand new, use once, and then throw away? Plastic grocery bags are a great horrible example. The facts about the pollution they cause are staggering. When I took over the bookstore two years ago, 1 was so mortified to go from a customer who would never ever USE a new plastic bag to a proprietor who was HANDING THEM OUT! We are finally phasing them out and replacing them with

Which Plastic Containers Can I Safely Use?

paper bags or re-used plastic bags. Since we ship out many books sold online, we also were generating much plastic waste with our bubble wrap and bubble-padded envelopes. High value books are important to protect during shipping, but I hated to use new material. Since envelopes and bubble wrap are not commonly things you can find at a thrift store, I wasn’t sure how to solve the dilemma. After buying and staring woefully at my most recent giant roll of brand new bubble wrap, and after considering all the other thousands of businesses and people using brand new bubble wrap and where it would go when they were done with it, I did what any modern frustrated person would do: I posted on social media. On January 16 I made a plea to the internet

friends of Mondragon: bring us your old bubble wrap and we will reuse it! One week later I had enough bubble wrap and padded envelopes showing up at the store to get me through many months!

It’s a small step, and a step that will not end the massive amounts of plastic that end up in the world’s oceans, but it’s a step of consciousness and a step that connects people. Challenge yourself: what

items do you buy new that you could find used instead? Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Also, if anyone needs bubble wrap, we have plenty to give away.

Limiting the Use of Plastics By Derek Martin

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Plastic containers contain many chemicals, some of which have been identified as potentially harmful. You should avoid two chemicals in particular: bisphenol A and phthalates. Both of these chemicals interfere with ani­ mal and human hormones. Researchers have better identified the harmful effects of bisphenol A; phthalates are generally considered safe by comparison. Still, better safe than sorry. Whether a plastic container has bisphenol A or phthalates in it depends on its type. You can identify the type of plastic in a container by looking at the recycling code number. Type 1: Polyethylene Terephthalate - Do Not Reuse You commonly find Type 1 plastic in bottles for juices, salad dressing, water, veg­ etable oil, and mouthwash. Peanut butter and pickle jars often contain type 1 plastic as well. Polyethylene Terephtha­ late is light-weight, clear and smooth; its manufacturers intend it for a single use only. While it does not contain bisphenol A or phthalates, it does contain antimony, a pos­ sible human carcinogen. Also, harmful bacteria can build up in it as you reuse it. Polyeth­ ylene Terephthalate contain­ ers may have the symbol “PET” on them. Type 2: High-Density Poly­ ethylene - Safe Milk containers, detergent bottles, freezer bags, and plas­ tic grocery bags often contain high-density polyethylene, a relatively stiff plastic. Type 2 plastic neither contains bisphenol A nor phthalates. It is not known to contain other harmful chemicals. Highdensity polyethylene contain­ ers may have the symbol “HDPE” on them. Type 3: Polyvinyl Chloride Contains Phthalates Polyvinyl chloride contains phthalates that can cause

reproductive problems in animals and humans. Type 3 plastic can be plasticized or unplasticized; the former is clear and flexible, the latter is more rigid. Food containers commonly made with polyvi­ nyl chloride include fruit juice bottles, cooking oil bottles and clear food packaging. Plasticized PVC pipes and siding contain phthalates as well. Polyvinyl chloride con­ tainers may have the symbol “V” on them. Type 4: Low-Density Poly­ ethylene - Safe Frozen foods packaging and condiment squeeze bottles often contain Type 4 plastic because it is flexible and resistant to solvents. Type 4 plastic does not contain any known harmful chemicals. Low-density polyethylene containers may have the sym­ bol “LDPE” on them. Type 5: Polypropylene Safe Polypropylene containers do not leach harmful chemicals into foods or liquids. They commonly contain yogurt, medicine, drinks, and ketch­ up. Type 5 plastic is flexible, hard and semi-transparent and has high resistance to sol­ vents. Polypropylene contain­ ers may have the symbol “PP” on them.

The Hawk's Nest eatery at Susquehanna University no longer uses plastic straws.

Plastic, quite literally, sur­ rounds us every day, from the interior of our cars to the clothes we wear. For something so ubiquitous, we spend little time thinking about it. Plastics are created through the refinement of crude oil. Globally, 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year, creating a significant negative environmental im­ pact. One of the most com­ mon plastics, polyethylene, has a carbon footprint of 6 pounds of C02 per pound. The longevity and abun­ dance of plastic are just as worrisome as the manufac­ turing process. It takes up to 1,000 years for plastic to break down. While plastic

bottles and straws have re­ ceived much attention, small plastic pieces, known as microplastics, are also a con­ cern. Microplastics end up in the stomachs of animals and are absorbed into the blood stream. These plastics travel up the food chain, finding their way onto our plates. What can be done? Recy­ cling has been touted as the solution. In an ideal world, a water bottle is recycled into another water bottle. Our recycling process is far from ideal. Many recyclable items never end up in a recycling bin. Of those that do, many are thrown away because of contamination or because markets for the material don't exist. Additionally, recycling does not address

While research is underway to produce biodegradable plastics and microbes that break down plastics, the best option is to reduce our collective consumption of plastics. This means find­ ing reusable alternatives to single-use plastics, purchas­ ing clothes made from cot­ ton, and most importantly, lobbying your politicians to create laws to limit the use of plastics. The Microbead-

Despite the enormity of the issue, we make choices each day that impact the demand of plastic, so every water bottle not purchased, every straw avoided, and every phone call to your elected officials will help reduce our consumption. Derek Martin is sustainabil­ ity coordinator at Susque­ hanna University.

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Thinking about Panda Hummel on its First Anniversary It was a little over four years ago when some folks stopped by the Chamber office and basically asked the question: Have you thought about energy lately? This simple question was the kick-off to the Chamber’s venture into working alongside the good folks at Panda Hummel Power Station to re-purpose the former Sunbury Generation coal-burning electric power plant. At that time, your Chamber was receiving communications from the supporters of the proposed new power plant that read: “.. .this will allow the former power generation plant that was closed last year to reopen, completely rebuilt, with nearly triple its output and a 97 percent reduction in emissions and water use. It will mean jobs, a boost to the electric power needs of the region and a positive economic impact for our community.” As the proposed plant moved through its many approval processes, then-Chairman of the Chamber, Dave Herbert testified at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s hearing. Here’s a sample of what Dave had to say: "Being a native of the neighborhood that includes the Shamokin Dam power station, I could tell you many stories about the noise that the coal trains made at all hours of the day and night, coming and going at this former coal-burning plant. I could also tell you about the soot that we all lived with that was part of being from a community which hosted a coal-fired plant. But thanks to new technology and clean-burning, locallyproduced natural gas, progress is coming to our beloved-but currently shuttered power plant. Abundant electricity will be available again thanks to the natural gas that will flow into

our community thanks to the proposed Sunbury Pipeline. ” Now that we’re at the first anniversary of Panda Hummel’s operations, how are all of those promises going and is the plant the clean-burning, electricproducing, job-creating facility that we were promised? • The Panda Hummel Station power project is a clean natural gas fueled, combined cycle 1,124-megawatt combined-cycle generating facility supplying power to more than 1 million homes and businesses. • It’s located on 19 acres in Shamokin Dam Borough, Snyder County. The plant is within the Selinsgrove School District. Thanks to the presence of a pre-construction negotiated Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT ) agreement, the owners of the land where Panda Hummel is located are paying the fully assessed value of the local taxes, including all employment privilege payments. • The plant operates under Pennsylvania Air Plan Approval 55-0000IG and operates an on-site wastewater treatment facility which returns the nonpotable ‘steam condensate’ to the river at levels that would meet and exceed our state’s drinking water standards. All domestic water to the plant is supplied by the Shamokin Dam Borough and any domestic effluent is processed by through the regional sewer authority system. • There are approximately 35 permanent full-time positions at the plant. These are excellent, family-sustaining career type positions requiring highlyskilled employees. During the construction of the plant, over 1000 jobs were sustained

in nearly every trade area. The construction companies, including the Sunbury Pipeline firms, and the plant operators committed to local hiring and purchasing during the entire construction phase. It’s estimated that half a billion dollars was invested back into our local economy from these construction purchases and salaries. • The Panda Hummel plant burns locally-produced natural gas which travels to the plant in the Sunbury Pipeline. This helps to support a long-term market for Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale gas producers and royalty

• Over the past winter, many folks who passed by were amazed by and questioned Chamber staff on the large, billowing clouds that rose from the plant’s cooling towers and stacks. The smaller clouds from the stacks was condensation of the heated air rising from boilers meeting the frigid outside air. The large pillow-like clouds rising out of the cooling towers is the condensation formed as the water pulled from the river and used in creating steam to turn the plant’s electric producing turbines is chilled back to temperatures which are compatible to the temperatures of the Susquehanna River. • The Panda Hummel Plant serves as the anchor tenant in the Gretaer Susquehanna Valley Energy Park, along with its Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone (KOEZ), supporting additional investment on the entire property. Watch for announcement coming up very soon about the new companies that will be calling our valley home thanks to this great economic generator. Photo provided by Mike Molesevich



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