The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Rave

March 29, 2013

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To Leck Kill farmer Matthew Lucas, who successfully nominated Elijah's Bowl, a Sunbury soup kitchen founded in 1991, for a $2,500 grant from the Monsanto Fund. The fund, through its America's Farmers Grow Communities organization, provides eligible farmers the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. Lucas was selected by Monsanto to find an appropriate recipient of the grant; he chose Elijah's Bowl because of its positive impact on their community.

Cheers: To those who attended the first Northumberland County Historical Society Egg hunt at the Shikellamy State Park Marina. At the end of the event there was virtually no trash left behind, which was so impressive with such a large crowd, the historical society said. The organization also thanks Kohl's Cares for Kids in Selingsgrove for providing the help in filling more than 5,000 eggs.

Cheers: To the Reserve Officer Training Corps students from Bucknell, Bloomsburg and Susquehanna universities, as well as those from Lycoming College and the Pennsylvania College of Technology. These young people recently took the cold woods to hone leadership skills during a strategic training exercise at Camp Karoondinha in Glen Iron. The day was not spent just "playing soldier," but being critically evaluated on how they handled stress, adapt, remain focused and in charge. Not a bad set of skills, in or out of uniform.

Cheers: To the directors at the Warrior Run School District for trimming a $1.3 million deficit by 98 percent. Two of the least popular options, tax hikes and staff changes, are in the mix. The no-nonsense approach will mean no one will be furloughed and no occupied positions will be cut.

Jeers: To Chris Pfaff, a candidate for Cooper Township supervisor who is trying to get incumbent Wallace "Bud" Mattern removed from the May 21 primary election ballot. Pfaff's challenges to Mattern's nominating petition come down to what amounts to poor spelling -- Mattern notes he's running for "suppervisor," lists his occupation as "Ret" and his affiliation as "Cooper Democrat."

Jeers: To Deshawn Jamison's family members who caused a security dust-up in Northumberland County Court when their convict relative got three to six years for assaulting a guard at SCI Coal Township. Deputies had to scramble to secure the courtroom when the defendant's relatives cut loose after Judge Robert Sacavage sentenced Jamison.

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