The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Rave

May 3, 2013

Cheers and jeers

(Continued)

Jeers: To those who don't show up May 23 when the public gets a chance to weigh in on a proposed extension of the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail. The existing rail trail had more than it's share of birth pangs as critics feared everything from litter problems to crime. Making a project like this work will take lots of serious and creative planning. In the end, Lewisburg could be well on the way to being the only community in Pennsylvania to have a rail trail running through the town.

Cheers: To all our Valley Relay for Life organizers and participants. Every year we read more about volunteers, many of whom have first-hand understanding of cancer's devastation, working to make the regional Relays so successful. While the subject is serious, the Relays themselves continue to pump plenty of "fun" into fundraising. This speaks highly of contributors -- seldom the "deep pockets" types -- who rack up impressive numbers despite an anemic economy.

Cheers: To Michael Hobbins, of New Berlin, for his willingness to talk about life without sight. Hobbins was blinded in a hunting accident three years ago. Recently, he spent time at SUN Technical Institute, explaining to health care professions students about life in the dark. The result, we hope will be more empathy in hospitals and doctors' offices.

Cheers: To Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley and his wife, Kristy, for helping their neighbors during a two-alarm structure fire Friday in Coal Township. The fire was just a few doors down from Kelleys' residence and funeral home. Assisting Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Malukas, James Kelley pounded on doors and got neighbors out of their adjacent homes and took them to his, while Kristy Kelley gave them water, cool towels, clean clothes and comfort. Families were able to connect with their loved ones at the Kelley home, away from the fire's danger.

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