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Sunbury Pipeline – A Clear and Present Danger to Valley Residents

May 18th, 2015

Serious Cancer Threat posed by High Radon Levels

The construction and use of the proposed gas pipeline to Shamokin Dam from the Marcellus Shale region to the north of our state presents a huge threat to the health of all valley residents. However, gas company UGI are conspiring to downplay the risks – refusing to publicly accept that there is even a problem! At a recent public meeting one UGI official – Mr. Bernie Holcumb, turned the truth on its head by deceptively denying that there was any radon in the gas from the Marcellus Shale beds!

The company which was recently fined by the Public Utility Commission the maximum amount of $500,000 following a 2011 Allentown explosion which killed 5 people, had their safety record at the same hearing described as “downright alarming”.

UGI logo

UGI – Safety record “downright alarming”!

However, they are taking no such chances with the Sunbury Pipeline. They have set up a separate company – UGI Sunbury LLC – to front the construction and operation of the pipeline and to insulate themselves from the prospect of any future liability. In the event of a catastrophe the parent company can simply wash its hands of it all and walk away, leaving their subsidiary to pay what it can towards any plaintiffs out of their limited resources. Do they even have adequate levels of insurance to cover potential damages to landowners and their property, or are they just minimally bonded? We just don’t know as they have stonewalled any questions concerning this issue.

Medical Marijuana – Letter to the Editor

January 6th, 2014

This letter was originally sent to the Daily Item by a Turbotville resident, in response to a recent article by Dr. John Pagana of Sunbury. However, for reasons best known to themselves, our local newspaper did not publish it. In the interests of furthering the public debate on this important topic, and with the permission of the writer, we are publishing it here instead.

I am the mother of a child with a severe form of epilepsy called Lennox Gastaut syndrome. We need to have the opportunity to try medical marijuana as a control for his seizures as soon as possible, since he always has a risk of death from his multiple mixed types of seizures. After some seizures, I have watched my son stop breathing and turn blue. He is faithfully taking his prescribed medications and is on the Ketogenic diet. I am always searching for what else I could possible do to prevent a bad outcome from occurring. We have already tried 8 other medications without success.

I would like to comment on Dr Pagana’s letter. I do not feel that there should be any further delays in providing medical marijuana by researching it further. All his points are invalid in our case because my sons seizures have caused the problems addressed NOT marijuana!.

The Burning Issue

September 13th, 2013

September 12, 2013

Mayor David Persing
City of Sunbury, 225 Market St, Sunbury, PA 17801

Dear Mayor Persing:

After reading the article on September 10, 2013, in “The Daily Item” and viewing the video of the Sunbury City Council meeting, I have a few questions that need to be clarified.

You were asked if existing devices would be “Grandfathered” in.  There was no mention of your decision in the video recording nor was there any mention in The Daily Item article on what decision was reached on “Grandfathering”.  Will there be any “Grandfathering” of existing fire pits?  When the ordinance that outlawed the use of “burn barrels” was passed, there was no “grandfathering” for existing burn barrels.  What would be the point of trying to stop the use of these items if people could simply be grandfathered in?  Would the “grandfathering” ignore the homemade devices, the distance from structures, or other equally important items?

Wood Burning Fires and City Health

July 25th, 2013

As a tax-paying citizen in the City of Sunbury, I have a major complaint to raise with Mayor Persing and the Code Officers who are about to saddle unsuspecting citizens with a HEALTH PROBLEM that may continue to exist for future generations.

The last meeting with Mayor Persing presiding had one goal. It was to obtain feedback from citizens of Sunbury who attended the meeting, asked their opinion in developing a NEW CITY CODE for allowing people to burn wood in their yard.

Williamsport Dentist Seeks Fluoride Ban

July 25th, 2013

By Mark Maroney – Reprinted from Williamsport Sun-Gazette

At one time, lead was thought to be a good additive to preserve paint.

But as children began to eat lead paint chips that flaked off window sills, they suffered severe medical ailments and lead eventually was recognized as causing major problems, especially in young children.

“New information comes about all of the time,” said Dr. Anthony J. Cipolla, a local dentist who spoke briefly Wednesday at the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority, where he handed the board and staff literature on the potential public health risks associated with the authority continuing to add fluoride to the public water supply.


Local Dentist, Dr. Anthony J. Cipolla, makes his Presentation

Breaking News – Persing threatened with Litigation

July 11th, 2013

“and yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this Earth with envious eyes, and slowly, and surely, they drew their plans against us…”

~ H. G. Wells on The War of the Worlds

With these famous words from his epic ground-breaking novel, H. G. Wells prefaced the coming invasion of Earth by the Martians. There is a modern parallel happening right now, in which the Martians are in fact Missourians and, slowly but surely they are drawing their plans against the crumbling Persing administration in Sunbury.

Mayor Persing

Mayor Persing

A letter was received by City Hall on Monday 8th July. Any alert observer at the City meeting held that night would have noticed the general demeanor at the front table – the distinct lack of bonhomie, the nervousness and, especially, the long faces. The City Administration seemed somehow distant, as if weighed down with the responsibilities and problems of government.

Not The Item has obtained a copy of this letter, addressed to the Mayor and members of the City Council, as well as to the Department of Environmental Protection in Williamsport. In it, Kansas City Missouri-based attorney Charles Speer refers to clients who have been affected by the City’s actions. He refers to concerns about health rising from the situation still existing at the former Celotex site, about early morning truck noise, about excessive volumes of dust which are causing breathing problems for local residents, and producing dust and dirt in homes near the site. He was concerned that the dust raised by these trucks could cause extreme health risks and irreversible health deterioration, or over time, death, for those, including his clients, forced to breathe dust generated on the site.

Sunbury’s Burning Issue

July 10th, 2013

Outside Fires? Not Within City Limits!

Do you suffer from anti-social neighbors who insist on regularly lighting fires in their yards? Outdoor wood burning furnaces and home-made fire pits are becoming more popular these days, but for those obliged to breathe this smoke they are far from welcome.

This is the situation faced by Cheryl Snyder and Joe Metz of Susquehanna Avenue. Cheryl, a retired chemist, suffers from asthma. They were originally from Sunbury and returned to the city 7 years ago, happy to find that burn barrels had been consigned to history and that the air quality was very much improved.

Joe Metz & Cheryl Snyder

Joe Metz & Cheryl Snyder



June 25th, 2013

Why is Poisoning of Sunbury Children Considered a Valuable Public Health Policy?

Visit the Mercola Video Library

By Dr. Mercola

The debate over the dangers of fluoride has been ongoing for more than six decades. Study after study confirms that fluoride is a dangerous, toxic poison that bioaccumulates in your body while being ineffective at preventing dental decay.

Dr. David Kennedy’s documentary film Fluoridegate — An American Tragedy,1 exposes the sordid truth about water fluoridation, and it has nothing to do with promoting dental health.

Water fluoridation came about as the result of a massively successful PR campaign, and was reportedly first suggested as a way to protect aluminum and steel producers from lawsuits against the fluorine pollution coming from their plant.

In fact, what’s being heralded as a safe and effective prophylactic against cavities is actually a toxic industrial waste product, and it’s being added to water supplies because they have so much to get rid of, and toxic waste disposal is expensive. In a nutshell, a solution was devised in which hazardous waste could be eliminated at a profit.

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