Cheers: To Buffalo Valley Regional Police officer Shawn Burns and Sgt. Fred Hetrick who quickly cracked a case of break-ins targeting Bucknell off-campus housing for students. The officers received a tip that suspicious characters had been in the backyard of one of the five targeted properties. Burns and Hetrick investigated and discovered fresh footprints in the snow leading from one burglarized home to another. The burglars then allegedly went to a convenience store where they spent two dollar bills taken from one of the homes. Based on information provided by their visit to the convenience store, police were able to identify a suspect and found his Lewisburg residence allegedly littered with items taken in the heist. Officer Burns noted that the officers were fortunate that the criminals had left so many clues -- "That doesn't happen many times in your career."
Jeers: To the county commissioners in Snyder and Northumberland counties who raised taxes and then granted raises to employees. In Northumberland County, the commissioners gave pay increases of 2.5 and 5 percent to 111 employees. The wage increases were included in a spending plan that depended on a 2.95-mill tax increase just six months after the county commissioners announced a 10-year financial strategy which indicated that taxes would increase 2.5 mills in 2013. The move was questioned only by Commissioner Rick Shoch. Unfortunately Shoch's objection dealt with the raise for one employee. The other 110 raises were apparently fine. In Snyder County, the commissioners gave 196 employees 2 percent raises while increasing taxes 1 mill.
Cheers: To the volunteers at Sunbury Revitalization who have fashioned an eight-foot light bulb-shaped decoration to be the feature of a tonight's New Year's Eve spectacle in downtown Sunbury. It is not the only option for New Year's revelers though. In McClure, they will drop a bean kettle replica in homage to the borough's bean soup festival. In Beaver Springs, they will drop a beaver figure. And in Shamokin, they will drop a 30-pound chunk of faux coal.