June 18, 2008

Donations for Troops Still Sought: Items May Be Taken to Borough Building on June 25, July 2

By Gina Morton, The Daily Item, Sunbury, Pa.

Jun. 18--LEWISBURG -- The Borough Council still is accepting donations of items to send to local soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.

Mayor Judith Wagner said during Tuesday's meeting that she is proud of the council for endorsing and collecting the goods, but money toward postage still is needed.

If 1,200 to 1,500 pounds of goods are collected, postage would cost $300 to $500.

"We need to keep pushing," said John J. Baker, council vice president.

So far, only a small amount of items has been collected.

There are numerous drop off sites, including both CVS stores, the five branches of West Milton State Bank, the American Red Cross, William Cameron Engine Company, American Legion, borough office, Cole's Hardware and Union County government offices.

Two dates also have been picked for people to drop off items at the borough office, 55 S. Fifth St. They are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 25 and July 2.

Baker said he is shooting for shipping the items around July 14. Volunteers are needed to help pack the donations.

He reminded donors to keep portion controls in mind. Items should be thought of in terms of ease and being quick to prepare.

"Talk to friends and family, and get things moving," Baker said.

In other business, an engineer from Mid-Penn Engineering presented the council with a proposal from Bucknell University to build a boat dock on the Susquehanna River. The site, at the old Bucknell sewer plant property off River Road, would include a small dock and access ramps for kayaks and canoes. It would be for instructional purposes.

Mid-Penn was asked to return to the next council meeting after discussing the idea with the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The council authorized solicitor Andrew D. Lyons to advertise an amendment to the vehicle and traffic ordinance, changing parking meter rates. The new rates will be: five cents for nine minutes, 10 cents for 18 minutes, 25 cents for 45 minutes and 45 minutes for a token.

The members gave borough manager Chad Smith permission to submit an application for funding through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for additional work on the Donald Heiter Community Center mural.

Police Chief Paul Yost said the department made 176 arrests in May. There were 289 parking meter tickets and 203 traffic violation tickets, totaling $16,490.

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