The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Rave

September 30, 2013

Today's Rave: Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way, whose innovative kickoff to the 2013 campaign season drew 50 visitors to the Sunbury Social Club along the Susquehanna River near Sunbury. In keeping with the event’s nautical launch theme, United Way President and CEO Keri Albright donned a sailor’s uniform and skipper’s cap, and Sunbury Community Hospital CEO Jeff Hunt cracked open a bottle of bubbly to christen the fundraiser. Tables decorate with sea shells greeted visitors, some of whom were dressed as pirates, and others who later took a pontoon boat ride on the Susquehanna River.

Cheers: To the Union County Veterans 4th of July Committee, which continues to try to financially pull off what in 2014 would be the 20th annual parade. The 2013 parade — the largest to date — cost $105,000, organizers said, and carried an undisclosed amount of debt that could jeopardize the next July 4 parade. Organizers will brainstorm in two weeks to determine whether private and public funding will be available for the parade to march on.

Cheers: To Monroe Township supervisors, who Tuesday voted in favor of a proposed anti-nepotism ordinance that would prohibit immediate family members of elected township officials or workers from being eligible for employment in the municipality of 4,000.

Jeers: To the “planners” who created a truly hazardous situation in Danville with their timeline for flood control work along Mahoning Creek. With Continental Boulevard closed from Route 11 to the Danville-Riverside bridge, gridlock descended on Mill street, and numerous side streets. The sight of 18-wheelers blocking multiple lanes was fairly common as traffic lights cycled and no one moved. It’s a safe bet a few of those drivers wondered what would happen if there was a fire or an accident. And in case anyone forgot, there was the Bloomsburg Fair going on.

Jeers: To the lingering mentality that keeps alive the “oddities” sideshow at places like the Bloomsburg Fair. In less kinder times, they were called “freak shows” and were often one of the few “jobs” available for those with deforming medical conditions. Science has solved or offered a closer to “normal” life for those relegated to sideshows. True, today’s shows pale somewhat to their predecessors for insensitivity. Now, the only real “oddity” to be found is the number of people who shell out money to be faked out by the likes of a “headless” woman who communicates by sign language.

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