The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 17, 2013

ACLU honors 101 Valley residents for 'citizen journalism'

NORTHUMBERLAND — A West Milton pastor and a Bloomsburg University professor were among 101 people honored as “citizen journalists” by the American Civil Liberties Union’s central Susquehanna chapter Sunday night.

More than 100 people gathered at Front Street Station for dinner and to recognize the recipients of the ACLU’s Thomas Paine Awards. These people had letters to the editor and op-ed pieces published in The Daily Item, among other local and regional publications.

The Rev. Leah Schade, pastor of the United in Christ Lutheran Church in West Milton, also won the Mark McCollough Religious Leadership Award, recognized for her “religious leadership and exemplary and tireless efforts” to bring attention to environmental issues, particularly hydrofracking.

Wendy Lee, a professor of philosophy at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, also won the Clyde Peeling Critical Thinker Award, also for her work and teaching on environmental issues such as fracking.

The Thomas Paine winners that attended represented a broad range of writers and topics, everything from Pennsylvania’s voter ID law to bullying to fracking to gun control and ownership.

Executive Director Reggie Shuford of the ACLU’s Pennsylvania chapter in Philadelphia, encouraged everyone to keep writing to newspapers and other media, saying such effort helped the ACLU in its fight against the voter ID law and with its current priority, criminal justice reform

For more details, read the complete story in Monday's Daily Item. Follow staff writer Evamarie Socha on Twitter: @ecsocha


Text Only
  • Prize claim cost man $1,829

    WINFIELD — Western Union is doing what it can to educate people about the risks in wiring money. An entire section on its website ( is devoted to providing information that might reduce the risk of people falling victim to fraud schemes.

    April 19, 2014

  • Reel good time enjoyed by 200 young anglers

    TREVORTON — It only took about three minutes for J.C. Wallish to reel in his first fish at the Little Shamokin Creek Watershed Association’s annual Youth Trout Derby on Saturday.

    April 19, 2014

  • Elytte Barbour's 'bad trip' put him on the road to prison, friend says

    SUNBURY — A former roommate of slaying suspect Elytte Barbour drove 450 miles from North Carolina to spend 45 minutes in the Northumberland County Prison with his best friend last week, and was not surprised when he heard Barbour say: “I am afraid to spend the rest of my life in jail.”

    April 19, 2014

  • bonehunt20a.jpg 60 dogs battle for biscuits at annual bone hunt

    It was a scene similar to ones playing out all over the nation this weekend: nervous parents holding baskets and bags, watching their little ones search for goodies in the grass.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Arizona tribe set to prosecute first non-Indian under a new law

    PASCUA YAQUI INDIAN RESERVATION, Ariz. — Tribal police chief Michael Valenzuela drove through darkened desert streets, turned into a Circle K convenience store and pointed to the spot beyond the reservation line where his officers used to take the non-Indian men who battered Indian women.

    April 19, 2014

  • Danville parents hope strike ends quickly

    DANVILLE ““ First-grader Madison Wild was sad she missed school Thursday.

    April 19, 2014

  • Schools ask state to waive 180-day rule

    Three area school districts have asked the Pennsylvania Department of Education to add up their hours instead of their days in order to reach the required amount of instruction time in the school year.

    April 19, 2014

  • Former Bucknell star in NBA playoffs

    ATLANTA — It really hit Mike Muscala a few days ago when he was listening to the Nets’ starting lineup at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

    April 19, 2014

  • State: Discard raw milk from Greenfield Dairy

    MIDDLEBURG — Consumers should discard raw milk purchased recently from the Greenfield Dairy of Middleburg, which also has temporarily suspended production after Listeria monocytogenes was discovered in the product following routine testing, the state Department of Agriculture announced today.

    April 18, 2014

  • Penn State police: Three posed nude at Nittany shrine

    STATE COLLEGE — Penn State police say three male students who reportedly posed nude for a photo at the university’s Nittany Lion Shrine face school discipline.

    April 18, 2014

The Daily Marquee

How do you eat your chocolate Easter bunny?

Feet first
Tail first
Ears first
     View Results
Photo Galleries
The Valley


Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.