Class News

Linda L. (Wallace) Vonada
Linda L. Vonada, 71, of Mifflinburg, entered into rest at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Nottingham Village, Northumberland.

Douglas Lamar Zimmerman
Douglas Lamar Zimmerman, 71, of Hartley Township, Millmont, was reunited with loved ones as he peacefully passed from mortality into eternal life on March 26, 2020 at his residence under hospice care.

Kenneth S. "Ben" Shirk
Kenneth S. "Ben" Shirk, 67, of 4910 Weikert Road, Millmont for the past 57 years, entered into rest at 12:19 p.m. Sunday, May 8, 2016, at his home.

Spencer Harold Smith
On Thursday, January 3, 2013, Spencer Harold Smith, 64, peacefully passed away in Lehigh Valley, Muhlenberg Hospital.

Richard E. "Dick" Heimbach Jr.
Richard E. "Dick" Heimbach Jr., 65, of Mifflinburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at 4:40 p.m. in Geisinger Medical Center where he had been a patient since Dec. 28, 2012.>

Eva Florence Keister
Eva Florence Keister, 64, of Middleburg, formerly of Laurelton and Shamokin, passed away at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 29, 2012, at the Manor at Penn Village, Selinsgrove.>

Florence L. Fox
Florence L. Fox, 65, formerly of New Berlin, most recently of 32 S. Turbot Ave., Milton, entered into rest at 8:55 a.m. Sunday, May 13, 2012, at ManorCare, Sunbury.>

Earl Jacob "Jake" Lamey
Earl Jacob "Jake" Lamey, 63, of 7175 Creek Road for the past five years, formerly a resident of Seneca, S.C., entered into rest at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at his home.

Robert M. Ely
Robert M. Ely, 63, of 5270 Weikert Road for over 30 years, and a lifelong resident of Hartley Township, entered into rest at 10 a.m., Friday, July 8, 2011, at his home, after battling cancer for over four years.

Chester R. Koonsman
Chester R. Koonsman, 62, of 107 S. Apple St., passed away on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Barbara J. (Morrison) Dietrich
Barbara J. (Morrison) Dietrich, 60, of 1272 Buffalo Creek Road, entered into rest at 8:04 a.m. Saturday, June 6, 2009, at her residence.

David Norman Seebold
David Norman Seebold, 59, of Mifflinburg, passed away at 7:52 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2008 , at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia.

Terry William Shively
Terry William Shively, 59, of Zion, formerly of Millmont, Union County, died on Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, at Mount Nittany Medical Center in College Township after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Burke's Tour -- Devoted father shares sons story

Bob Derr said it wasn't hard to write his first book, "Burkes Tour: Ambassador of Love"  he just listened to his son.

Insecticide to blame?

Beekeeper David Hackenberg pried open a wooden bee box behind his Milton-based apiary. Italian honeybees - the docile bee equivalent to golden retrievers - swarmed around him in a cloud. He squeezed his smoker and a plume of gray smoke surrounded the confused bees, allowing him to pull out a bee-covered comb.
"This hive's a goner," he said.

John F. Zimmerman
John F. Zimmerman, 60, passed away Friday, July 27, 2007, at the Manor at Penn Village, Selinsgrove.

On the Wings of an Angel

Father carries on son's legacy of love through bear, book.
Burke Patrick Derr was many things. If you ask his family and friends, he was a thief, stealing the hearts of everyone he met.

Citizen of the Week -- Alexis (Bardo) Matt
Who would want to pay a $90 registration fee and raise $2,200 just to walk for three days?
Mary Lawnicki and Alexis (Bardo) Matt.
The retired elementary school teachers have both been affected by breast cancer and they have pledged to raise money and awareness of the disease by walking in The Breast Cancer 3-Day walk in Philadelphia in October.

David D. Chapman
David D. Chapman, 58, passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2007, at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.
It is not the way a man dies that is of consequence, but consideration may be due for the way he lived. Dave Chapman lived a noteworthy life. It is said he had "a way." A way of making an emergency seem a little less dire. A way of patience and consistency when a need was great and prolonged. A way of conversing with a person that communicated he was with you, and that was the most important place he could be at the moment. A way of disarming the hostile, calming those out of control, and lightening the burden of the weary. Most importantly, he had a way of knowing what was right, locking onto this truth, holding his ground and dragging the rest of us to a higher level of fairness, justice and awareness of others.

Disease Killing Bees

One day last November, David Hackenberg, of Lewisburg, went out to check on some of his honey bees and found the 400 hives completely empty. There was no sign of the bees, dead or alive. There was no sign that a predator had been there, and no other bugs had moved in.

Something was horribly wrong.

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