The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 25, 2013

Cheers and Jeers

Daily Item

---- — Cheers: To the Bucknell University men's basketball team, which put Lewisburg in a national spotlight for the nine days between the squad clinching an NCAA Tournament berth with its Patriot League Championship victory over Lafayette and its 68-56 loss to Butler on Thursday in the Bison's tourney opener.

Cheers: To the neighbors of those whose homes were involved in Tuesday's fire that gutted one house and left two damaged in Ranshaw. Bob Kaleta found neighbor Janet Millard trying to douse the blaze at her home, and four times removed the 80-year-old, who kept returning to her homestead to get clothes. Diane Kaleta removed Christine Horoshock, 85, from her home when it became apparent it was threatened by fire. Horoshock sought shelter in the home of Barbara and Rick Buehl, across the street.

Cheers: To the 50-plus people who attended a poverty summit March 17 in Lewisburg and tried devise ways to help the needy. "We've been working on this for almost nine months," said Kerry Shirk, a member Beaver Memorial United Methodist Church's social concerns team. "This event is to educate people of the needs in the area" and tell them what they can do to help, Shirk said. A common misconception, said team member Cliff Brown, is that poverty is brought about by someone's personal failings or lack of character. It can happen to anyone, and can stem from being laid off, having to pay high medical bills or other setbacks, he said.

Cheers: To ACF Industries in Milton, which appears to be on the rebound after it was shuttered in 2009, costing 320 their jobs. More than 900 applications were received at job fairs last week by the company, which seeking experienced welders, painters, forklift operators, laborers, planers, millwrights, electricians and general laborers after learning in January that American Railcar Industries wants ACF to manufacture tank railcars for use in the natural gas industry.

Cheers: To residents of Union and Snyder counties, who according to last week's health report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, were among the five most healthful in Pennsylvania. The institute evaluated Pennsylvania's 67 counties on more than two dozen factors the researchers believe influence a person's health. They include individual healthy behavior markers such as obesity and smoking, as well as social and economic factors like education, violent crime, health care access, family support, education and unemployment.

Cheers: To the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership and the Green Dragon Foundation, nonprofit organizations that made the Top 10 in the debut of an online fundraising blitz last week. Combined they raised about $43,000 of more than $725,000 donated to such groups in five Valley counties. The Lewisburg groups participated in Raise the Region, a 24-hour online campaign. Thirty-seven donors gave to the downtown partnership, which garnered $22,233; with 59 donors, the foundation gained $20,575, according to the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, which sponsored the event with Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships.