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Danville’s Choo Choo Church: Giant Train Set up in House of Worship

If you, your kids, or even grandkids are fans of model trains, you might want to check out a giant year-round display set up in a church in Danville.
Thanks to donations from train lovers all over the country, Christ Memorial Episcopal Church at 120 East Market Street has provided a free Saturday Trains program since 2005.
Newswatch 16's Ryan Leckey spotlighted the train program Thursday morning. The program runs every Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon.

Crews Clearing Rig Wreck on Interstate 80

VALLEY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Road crews are removing a tractor-trailer that flipped on its side Sunday on Interstate 80 in Montour County.
I-80 westbound near the Danville exit (224) was down to one lane where the rig overturned around 8 p.m. Sunday.
The truck was hauling salt and crews were on the scene cleaning up a spill.
Police are looking into what led to the crash.

Too Many Geese?

DERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- The Montour Preserve near Washingtonville is a popular spot to walk, relax, and look for wildlife. One bird that is easy to find here is the Canada Goose.
"I'd say it's pretty similar this year to last year. There can be a lot of geese at times," Evan Houston said.
Some of the Canada Geese come and go, but many overstay their welcome. The director of the Montour Area Recreation Commission says that last year, there were too many.

Fines Forgiven for Food

DANVILLE, Pa. -- Overdue library books are something many of us are familiar with. One library in our area is taking a creative approach to forgiving fines for overdue books.
The Thomas Beaver Free Library in Danville is a busy place with people reading and using the computers. But it could be busier.
Library Director Kathleen McQuiston says there are a lot of people with late fines and that is preventing them from coming to the library.
"We've all done this. You forget to bring the book back. It starts to accumulate," McQuiston said.

Monkeys Delivered to Cheer Geisinger Patients

GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER -- A little girl hoping to spread cheer to sick children in our area made a special delivery.
Aly Creasy, age 9, of Hughesville, delivered more than 50 stuffed monkeys to patients at Geisinger
Earlier this month, we told you about Aly's birthday wish to get donations to buy monkeys to comfort children undergoing treatment at Geisinger, just like her stuffed monkey Jack did for her when she was in the hospital.

Geisinger CEO Makes House Call

POINT TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Members of the Geisinger Health System made house calls Monday afternoon in central Pennsylvania.
Every month, Geisinger leaders go around to patients in their hospitals to get feedback so they can work to improve their care.
Geisinger also wants to get feedback about their at-home services, so they made some house calls on Monday.
Ruth Miller knew Geisinger employees were dropping by to say hello, but she didn't expect to see the CEO of the health care system Jaewon Ryu and chief pharmacy officer Mike Evans at her front door.

Farmers Donate to Ronald McDonald House

MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- The McConnell family of Ulster has been staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Danville for more than two months. Earlier this year, they found out 5-year-old Aria has stage three brain cancer.
"She's up here getting her radiation and chemo treatments," Nancy McConnel said.
A shed outside the Ronald McDonald House is filled with food as well as cooking and cleaning supplies. It comes in handy for the people staying there.

Home in Montour County a Total Loss After Early Morning Fire

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Fire tore through a home Saturday morning near Danville.
Fire officials tell Newswatch 16 the flames sparked just before 5:30 a.m. at the home along Kelly's Dam Road.
The homeowners were not home at the time.
Officials say a fire marshal has been called in to investigate but the cause might not be found due to the extent of the damage.
The home in Montour County is being considered a total loss.

Hero Hospital Gowns for Kids at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital

MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- It's not fun being in the hospital, especially when you're a child, but when kids come to Janet Weis Children's Hospital, they will now be dressed to impress.
At 5 years old, Camden Lewis of Mifflintown has spent much of his life at Janet Weis Children's Hospital near Danville, but on this visit, he got something that made him smile: a hospital gown that will make him into an astronaut.
"Camden was excited. He got the biggest smile on his face when he got one. It just made his day," Jamie Lewis said.

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