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Danville Swimmer to Attempt World Record

DANVILLE, Pa. -- A swimmer from Danville is trying to do something that's never been done by another woman from the United States. Next month, April Warrick will attempt to swim from Italy to France.
April Warrick spends much of her free time underwater at the Danville Area Community Center. April has been swimming for longer than she could walk, but recently, her time in the pool has been spent training for a 15K known as the Bonifacio Channel, a 9.3-mile open-water swim from Sardinia, Italy to Corsica, France.

Students Rewarded for Reading

MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Students at Danville Primary School had a beach party for one of their last days of school. They got a pleasant surprise toward the end of the day when they were each given four books to take home with them, courtesy of PPL.
"Not all children have that opportunity of going to the library in the summertime, so for them to get four books that they can select on their own to keep and take home for the summer, is really thrilling for them," Janice Osborne said.

Road in Montour County Closed Indefinitely After Washing Away

MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- One road in Montour County has been closed indefinitely after being heavily damaged in last week's storms.
Bald Top Road has officially been closed for repairs after the heavy rains over the last few weeks washed away part of the road causing a danger to those who frequently travel it.
"It's going to be long and drawn out until we get engineering involved and get all his feedback, to what they're dealing with and what his recommended repairs are going to be," said Lloyd Craig, group leader of Mahoning Township Street Department.

Solar-powered Mobile Health Van

GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER -- In this Power To Save report, Newswatch 16 took a tour of a unique mobile medical bus at Geisinger Medical Center in Montour County. It is ready to hit the road to bring care to patients.
The solar-powered medical bus is only one of two in the entire country.
Officials said 10 solar panels on the bus charge five lithium-ion batteries. Those batteries provide all the power the bus requires when it's parked and staff members on board are providing care to patients.

Danville High Schoolers Prep for International Underwater Robotics Competition

A group of Danville High School students is diving into science this week.
They’re gearing up for an international underwater robotics competition.
The Danville High School SeaPerch team qualified for the 2019 International SeaPerch Challenge. This is the second year the team has made it to the international competition.
It will be held this weekend, June 1 through June 2, at the University of Maryland College Park campus.
Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey spotlighted the team and the robotic creations on Wednesday.

UPDATE: Route 11 Back Open After Rock Slide

POINT TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Part of Route 11 was closed for hours Sunday evening because of a rock slide near the Montour/Northumberland County line.
According to PennDOT, the road was closed from just north of the Point Drive-In movie theater to just south of Danville at the Montour County line, and a detour was in place.
The road was back open just before 10 p.m., PennDOT officials said.

Heartfelt Reunion of First Responders, Heart Attack Victim

GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER -- One man was able to come back and say thank you to the first responders whose quick thinking saved his life.
Robert Visnosky was thankful he was able to stand next to his family and emergency crews at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville.
He suffered a massive heart attack in March. Now recovered, Visnosky wanted to personally say thank you to those he says gave him his life back.
"I thanked them all for the broken ribs, my wife, the police officers, the EMTs from Elysburg, and LifeFlight," Visnosky said.

Flower Shop Busy for Mother’s Day

DANVILLE, Pa. -- Mother's Day is right around the corner and some of the busiest places are flower shops.
Jack Rinck loaded arrangement after arrangement of flowers onto his delivery truck at Scott's Floral in Danville. Mother's Day weekend is the store's busiest of the year. Rinck will make a lot of deliveries this weekend.
"Between 30 and 40 a day," he said.
Inside the store, the phones were ringing all day.

Students Learn About the Medical Field

GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER -- When many of us think of hospital jobs, doctors and nurses come to mind, but it takes more than that to run a hospital, as students from Shikellamy High School learned on Tuesday.
"This facility offers so much that it's such an amazing tour and opportunity for them to view it today and see what's available," Michele Erdman said.
Freshman and sophomores from Shikellamy High School toured Geisinger Medical Center near Danville to learn about career opportunities.

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