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Dinosaur at Animal Hospital

March 28th, 2013

Sunbury PA, 28th March 2013

Sunbury Animal Hospital

Animal Hospital

There will be an unusual creature at Sunbury Animal Hospital during the Open House on Saturday 6th April. Come along and meet BINKY the Stygimoloch between the hours of 1 pm and 3 pm. Barry James of Prehistoric Journeys will be on-hand to keep a watchful eye on BINKY and to also answer any questions on all things paleontological.

The reason for the visit is to encourage pet owners and other local residents to come along and see for themselves this new state-of-the-art facility on Route 890. Also, Barry and April James, long-time clients of SAH, felt BINKY would be an exciting way to show appreciation for Dr. Temple, Dr. Shaw and all of the SAH doctors, technicians and staff members who have been so helpful over the years in treating their animals. 

Softball? – Not as we Know It!

March 20th, 2013

Sunbury PA, 20th March 2013

Sunbury Mayor, Dave Persing

Dave Persing

Mayor Persing is fanatical in his devotion to the sport of softball, but when it comes to personal ambition, the ball he uses is of a considerably harder variety.

Not The Item was alerted to the situation in Race and Vine Streets, close by the brand new Degenstein-financed $400,000 extension to the mayor’s state-of-the-art softball training complex. We uncovered a trail of ripped-off property owners who could well have received better deals at the hands of Tony Soprano than the ones being offered by our illustrious leader.

Shikellamy Bullying

March 16th, 2013

Sunbury PA, 16th March 2013

Shikellamy Braves logo


Amidst all the brouhaha surrounding the Shikellamy bullying investigation, one fact appears to have escaped almost without comment – police have been called to the school over 100 times in the last year alone – this translates into several visits per week during the school year. Apart from the obvious problems at the school, this also involves a tremendous strain on Sunbury PD resources. It is not just the time spent at the school, but the even longer time spent afterwards writing up reports, attending court, etc., at an annual cost to the police budget of many thousands of dollars.

Celotex – City don’t want to Know

March 13th, 2013

Sunbury PA, 11th March 2013

Truth – an Early Casualty

Mayor Persing

Mayor Persing

Once again truth became an early casualty at the meeting of Sunbury City Council on Monday 11th March. Mayor Persing was like the three wise monkeys rolled into one – he could hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil when it came to a discussion about the former Celotex site and its operators, as they continue to pursue their unauthorized activities and their hidden agenda.

Under sustained questioning from Drake Saxton about issues surrounding the Celotex site and the illegality of what had been happening there, what became immediately apparent was the total reluctance of the mayor and some of his officials to actually get involved, finally take an interest in what is going on and enforce the many relevant city codes and ordinances which so far had been broken with impunity by the operators.

Dawn of a New Era

March 12th, 2013

Sunbury PA, 12th March 2013

Today Julie Brosius took the next step in her path to becoming the new mayor of Sunbury. She handed in her nomination papers to confirm her status as a candidate for the Republican Party in the forthcoming primary elections.


Julie signs her nomination papers.


March 11th, 2013

Sunbury PA, 11th March 2013

Gas Fracker Immunity in State Senate Bill

The Pennsylvania Senate could vote soon to give gas drilling companies immunity – making it virtually impossible to hold them accountable for accidents and spills. The oil and gas industry has an atrocious record of spills and accidents in Pennsylvania — granting them immunity for risky activity is the last thing we should be doing.

The sign of John Moran in Sunbury

John Moran’s fracking waste transfer station – immunity under this new bill!

Here in Sunbury the legislation offers a shield for the activities of John Moran at the former Celotex site, and could prevent local residents and our city from taking action in the event of spills, contamination, road traffic accidents involving waste tankers or trucks, river and air pollution, adverse effects on public health from airborne carcinogens, etc.

The bill has Governor Corbett’s fingerprints all over it. The gas fracking industry has invested almost $2 million in his political career, John Moran is one of his key advisers. For the gas frackers it is now payback time.

Quiggle to Run

March 10th, 2013

Sunbury PA, 10th March 2013

Constable Ed Quiggle announces Candidacy


Constable Ed Quiggle, Jr. has announced his candidacy for City Council. He is currently serving as the elected Pennsylvania State Constable for Sunbury’s 9th Ward. Quiggle was elected to office during the 2011 General Election, where he won as the Republican write-in candidate. He is also the interim State Team Leader for PANDA (People Against the NDAA) Pennsylvania.

NDAA and Persing

March 9th, 2013

 A Response to Sunbury City Council from PANDA


PANDA_sm On January 28th, PANDA Pennsylvania, members from groups such as the Susquehanna Valley Liberty Alliance, Oath Keepers, and the ACLU, along with several citizens from the city of Sunbury, approached the City of Sunbury, PA with legislation designed to interpose against Sections 1021 and 1022 of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Where is our Promised New Incubator?

March 5th, 2013

Sunbury PA, 5th March 2013

Sunbury’s Mayor Dave Says:


Deserted office building.


Last week at his State of the City address, Mayor Persing had a “big announcement” to make – all about the participation of our City in the Keystone Incubator Zone – calculated to assist startup businesses in their vulnerable early days, and in so doing also giving our local economy and employment prospects a substantial boost.

He went on to tell us that the incubator was already established at 218 Chestnut St. “in hopes of developing all types of startup companies from information technology to diversified manufacturing and bio-medical life science ideas.

However, when Not The Item visited #218 Chestnut St. today, there was nobody there – no hive of activity, no sign outside the building, no lights – in fact the door was locked and the place looked unused and deserted.

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