The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Rave

November 12, 2012

Cheers and jeers

Cheers: To Wanda Latshaw who decided that rather than stash away year-end leftovers at her Millersburg bridal shop she would give 100 dresses away to show her appreciation to the young men and women who have volunteered to serve in the military. Today, veterans and their fiancees can select from more than 200 dresses at the shop. With wedding gowns easily commanding $1,000, Latshaw's event could be a $100,000 giveaway -- much more than a token sign of appreciation.

Jeers: To Timothy W. Lewis, 56, of Danville, who was described by police as a man who looked like a jolly, old elf. The Santa-lookalike allegedly made an obscene gesture to a 9-year-old girl in the Salvation Army store in Danville, where Lewis had been volunteering. We hope he gets a lump of coal for Christmas. For now, Lewis faces charges of open lewdness and corruption of minors, among others.

Cheers: To Bill and Mollie Geise, of Point Township, whose sweet corn stand along Route 11 was a bellwether of the arrival of summer. The couple were not only the proprietors of the sweet corn stand, they took leadership roles in advocating for agriculture in business organizations, such as the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce. The Geises were honored last week during the chamber's fall agricultural-themed meeting, an acknowledgement that was certainly well-deserved.

Jeers: To former Penn State president Graham Spanier, who was being paid more than $500,000 a year, but who allegedly conspired with other administrators to cover up allegations that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was abusing young boys. Spanier was charged last week with perjury, obstruction of justice, endangering the welfare of children, and related charges. He served as Penn State's president for 16 years but was forced out a year ago after Sandusky was charged along with athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz, who were two of Spanier's top underlings.

A grand jury report alleged Spanier testified falsely that he did not know of a 1998 complaint against Sandusky. It also claimed Spanier lied about a 2001 instance of abuse witnessed by a graduate assistant, when he testified that Curley and Schultz described it only as horseplay. Email traffic among the men, jurors wrote, "make clear they are discussing an event that involves the abuse of a child."

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