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Feds Raid ex-Celotex Site Operator

May 30th, 2013

The Daily Item front page of today features yesterday’s raid on the Milton headquarters of Minuteman Environmental Services. Participants in this raid included the DEP, the FBI, the IRS, the PA Attorney General and even the local sewer authority. One thing the Daily Item failed to mention was the link between this company and Moran Industries – Minuteman were busily engaged in 2011 in shipping fracking waste through the Moran-owned former Celotex site, and in the process aroused much controversy and caused many problems for local residents.

Minuteman sign, Milton offices

Guilt by Innuendo

May 25th, 2013
Councilman Joe Bartello

Joe Bartello

The Daily Item sank to new depths on Saturday with their smear story against Councilman Bartello. Emboldened by their success in derailing Julie Brosius they have now taken aim at a new target – the man best positioned to stop a sixth term for Persing as Mayor of Sunbury.

The story was short on facts, short on research, but full of what amounted to little more than hearsay and innuendo. They don’t usually let the facts come between them and a good story, so nothing new here.


May 23rd, 2013

In Sunbury our local newspaper and our mayor share two things in common – dwindling support and a disdain for public opinion.

Mr. Persing received 378 votes in this week’s primary, or the support of only 6% of the adult population – supporter numbers have continued to dwindle – down from 589 in 2001 and from 441 in 2009 – a dismal set of statistics for our “popular” mayor, however you choose to look at them. It could also be said that 94% of those old enough to vote did not give him their support, and, in fact, over 20 voters wrote “Anyone but Persing” on their ballots.

The Daily Item had to lay off some staff members recently – one from each department within the organization. They are obviously losing significant amounts of money. If their news is failing to excite the population and to sell sufficient copies then there is only one man to blame – the editor. Gary Grossman has unashamedly backed Persing throughout the campaign, and was making confident noises of victory at a time when many others thought it was going to be close. Of course, outsiders knew nothing of the ambush they were preparing for election day.

Putting the Sun back in Sunbury

May 20th, 2013
Julie Brosius, prospective Mayor for Sunbury

Julie Brosius

Tuesday May 21st is a momentous date in the long history of our City. This is the day that Sunburians can exorcise City Hall to rid themselves of the current oppressive regime and vote for a new beginning under their first ever woman mayor – Julie Brosius.

Mayor Persing has been in office on and off for the last 24 years. In a country where even the President can only run for 2 terms, Persing wants to have a sixth. It could a little uncharitable to say that 5 terms is 5 too many, but it is certainly more than enough for anyone.

A Message from Julie Brosius

May 19th, 2013

Over the last few weeks I have spoken with many people, shared in their personal experiences and learned many new things about our city. Almost all of them had one thing in common – a desire for change in our city. We need to steer a new course – one which will benefit all our citizens.

Julie Brosius, prospective Mayor for Sunbury

Julie Brosius

I can closely identify with these desires – the same ones which originally prompted me to run for mayor.

I want the citizens to know that my platform is one of us all working together as a city. The talent and interests of the members of our community can inspire the development of projects to embrace our family-like community spirit, with the potential to also develop and promote tourism.

The Bartello Gambit

May 17th, 2013

Demands Code Officer Shuts Down Celotex Operation

We have been shown a copy of a letter sent by Councilman Joe Bartello to code officer Mike Rhoads.

Councilman Joe Bartello

Joe Bartello

On the written authority vested in him by the mayor (at the city meeting of 4/22/2013), Mr. Bartello has given clear instructions to Rhoads to obtain information concerning the origin and content of the mysterious fill which has been hauled onto the former Celotex site. He has asked for this information to be on his desk no later than 5/27/13, in the form of scale receipts for everything already dumped on the site along with information concerning its origin.

Furthermore, he has demanded that Mr. Rhoads, under the powers vested in the city code office by the city ordinances, immediately closes the Moran property and puts a stop to operations there until all code violations have been corrected. If necessary, he is to request assistance from Sunbury PD.

Stan Geiswhite for City Treasurer

May 17th, 2013
Stan Geiswhite for City Treasurer

Stan Geiswhite for City Treasurer

Stanley Geiswhite has announced his candidacy for Sunbury City Treasurer. A long time employee at Wood Mode, Kreamer (20 years), he currently works on assembly, but has also had 8 years office experience with the customer service section, during which he was able to hone his communication and people skills.

Keystone Cops

May 16th, 2013

Police Department Threatened by Contract Proposals

Keystone Cops - Future Sunbury PD

The Future for Sunbury PD?

Changes made by Mayor Persing to the proposed new police contract threaten to eventually turn our fine police department into a modern-day version of the Keystone Cops. Under these proposals the Mayor will assume responsibility for police training and promotion testing as well as gaining the right to substitute part time officers (aka Rentacops) for full time officers whenever he feels like it.

The contract has been under negotiation for well over a year, but even at this late stage mayoral changes are still being made. Why has this not been put out to arbitration? You may well ask. Apparently the Mayor has fought against this idea tooth and nail, and nobody seems to know why.

Persing Hides from Second Amendment

May 15th, 2013

Resolution Tabled at City Meeting

Drew Bingaman, Libertarian candidate for Sunbury City Council.

By Drew Bingaman
Prospective City Councilman, Sunbury
Chair Legislative Action Committee, Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania

At the May 14th Sunbury Council meeting, Mayor Persing proved once again to be squishy on our rights. When the second amendment resolution was brought up, he hadn’t read it. In fact, he didn’t even acknowledge that he had received it.

Councilman Snyder stated that it was sent out on April, 24. Councilman Snyder then proceeded to read the complete resolution to all in attendance; even then, the Mayor was still not ready to support it.

He says he supports gun rights… but his actions speak louder. He is hesitant on this resolution; he is a member of the very anti-gun group Mayors Against Illegal Guns!

See Not The Item – Gun Control by Proxy

River Wall – Part 2

May 15th, 2013

Persing Priorities – Softball before Safety?

Mayor Persing

David L. Persing


We have already told you about the threat to Sunbury posed by City inaction over the damaged WPA or lower river wall. (see part 1) For 20 months the Persing administration has sat on this and done nothing, hoping there will not be another flood, and playing their own version of Russian Roulette with the mighty Susquehanna.

However, Mayor Persing is not always so challenged when it comes to making decisions – not, that is, when these decisions surround the real love of his life – softball.

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