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Gallery, programs displaced due to leak at career center

July 8, 2014

By Rob Wheary, The News-Item, Shamokin, Pa.



July 08--SHAMOKIN -- A leak over a three-day holiday weekend created problems at the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center, and left officials scrambling for some programs to continue.

Northumberland County Chief Clerk John Muncer said Monday a leak was found in a pipe of a heating unit on the fourth floor, causing water to leak down throughout the building.

"The leak has been repaired," Muncer said, "and our insurance adjuster will be meeting with us very soon."

Crews were in the center Monday cleaning up, with a lot of the damage being in the fine arts gallery with ceiling plaster and paint being on the floor and the carpet soaked.

Jeanne Shaffer, director of the Northumberland County Council for the Arts and Humanities reported that the gallery is currently closed until further notice. The gallery was currently hosting an exhibit from local artist Gloria Zielinskie.

"I spoke with Gloria and none of her paintings were damaged," Shaffer said.

A more pressing problem came as the Anne Miles Children's Theater was in the final weeks of rehearsing its latest production, "Peter Pan Jr."

"Some of the sets and props got a little water, but they are just painted cardboard," Shaffer said. "I have to get some new boxes for my Christmas decorations."

Because of the leak, the children's theater has moved their performances and rehearsals to the Shamokin Area Middle-High School Auditorium. The show will be performed on July 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m.

"The good news is that we didn't lose anything of value," Shaffer said. "But there is the added expense toward the new venue that we didn't expect, so that will be tough."

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