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Shakespeare Herb Garden at Susquehanna University

SELINSGROVE, Pa.  -- William Shakespeare was the inspiration for a new garden on the campus of Susquehanna University.
The garden contains some of the 175 plants and herbs mentioned in Shakespeare's writings.
Students and faculty planted herbs next to the library on campus. When it's finished, it will be known as a Shakespeare Garden.
"If we were going to do a class project, I wanted to enrich the sustainability around campus and also include the students in it and make something interactive," said sophomore Maddi Laubscher.

Water to Be Shut off in Beavertown for Water Line Replacement Project

BEAVERTOWN, Pa. — Taps will be dry for a big part of the day in one part of Snyder County.
The Mayor of Beavertown tells Newswatch 16 the water will be off starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.
This the last phase of the water line replacement/improvement project.
It’s planned to end around 2 p.m.
Neighbors will have to boil their drinking water after it comes back on.

Special Election Slated to Fill Rep. Keller’s Seat in Union, Snyder Counties

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A special election is scheduled to fill the seat in the State House in Harrisburg after Rep. Fred Keller was elected to the U.S. Congress.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Turzai ordered a special election for Tuesday, Aug. 20, to fill the vacant seat in the 85th Legislative District, located in parts of Union and Snyder Counties.
Candidates for the office will be selected by a process designated by their respective political parties, and the winner of the special election will take office after the results are certified.

Five Pets Killed in Snyder County Fire

MIDDLECREEK TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A fire in Snyder County destroyed a home and killed five family pets Monday afternoon.
Crews were called to a home along West Ridge Road in Middlecreek Township around 2:30 p.m.
According to fire officials, the fire started in the kitchen where a man was cooking something on the stove. Within minutes, the house was up in flames.
That man was the only one home at the time. He got out safely, but we're told four dogs and a cat died in the fire.

Wood-Mode Employees Attend Job Fair

PENN TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- It's been a little over a week since Snyder County's largest employer went out of business leaving nearly 1,000 people unemployed.
Hundreds of people went to the Selinsgrove VFW Wednesday for a job fair.
Wood-Mode closed its doors suddenly last week leaving a lot of people wondering what comes next.
"We need really good people to make our ship stronger. There is a high concentration of really good people here," said Brandan Lawrence of Plain and Fancy Custom Cabinetry.

Wood-Mode Employees Meet With Rapid Response Team

SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- It's been a little more than a week since one of our area's largest employers shut down, laying off nearly 1,000 people. Many of those people got some answers Tuesday at a meeting with the state Rapid Response Team.
Hundreds of people walked into Susquehanna University's Weber Chapel Auditorium in Selinsgrove. These are not college students, but former Wood-Mode employees. They were here to meet with Governor Tom Wolf's Rapid Response Team.

Wood-Mode Employees a Priority at Food Distribution

SPRING TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- It's been a little over a week since one of our area's largest employers shut down, laying off nearly 1,000 people.
Communities in central Pennsylvania have come together for former Wood-Mode employees.
On a typical Tuesday, around 400 people come to the food distribution at Middlecreek Area Community Center (MACC) near Beaver Springs. But this week, there were more than 100 additional people -- former Wood-Mode employees.

Geisinger Setting Up Shop to Help Former Wood-Mode Employees

MONROE TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- The people who used to work at a big cabinet maker in Snyder County could learn a little more about their futures on Monday.
For the people who used to work at Wood-Mode Cabinets in Kreamer, their problems are far from over.
On Monday, May 13, Wood-Mode shut down immediately. More than 900 people are out of work. It was the largest employer in Snyder County.
Then on Friday, May 24, those unemployed people took another hit when they were told they no longer had health care insurance.

Wood-Mode’s Long History in Snyder County

KREAMER, Pa. -- Wood-Mode was not only known as Snyder County's largest employer, it was one of the oldest as well. The cabinet manufacturer was in business for 77 years. For much of that time, business was booming.
"It really was a product of the war. They built pigeon coops," Bob Garrett said.
Wood-Mode opened in 1942 as Wood-Metal.  In 1958, the company changed its name to Wood-Mode because most of the installations were wood, not metal. It continued to grow and expand throughout the years.


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