Cheers: To Ellie Rees, the newest member of Northumberland Borough Council. Rees stepped up to fill a vacancy on the council at a time when we see more empty spaces on ballots than actual candidates. Already on the ballot for November, Rees assumed the role to “give back to a community where I have lived for 37 years.” It is a response too few people take today, where more often than not people point fingers rather than stand up and try to make a difference.
Cheers: To Mel Purdy. For her tireless service to the Sunbury River Festival over the last two years. Purdy, a tri-chair of the annual event along with Slade Shreck and Mark Lawrence, announced that she will be stepping down from the chairmanship. Shreck rightfully called it “a huge loss,” noting that “she will be greatly missed.”
Cheers: To Union County Sheriff Donald Ritter and his staff. The county held its first concealed carry class this week to help gun owners learn how to properly use their weapons. Ritter and deputy Jared Mowen instructed class members on the proper handling of firearms, the pros and cons of various holsters and why a clean gun is important. Twenty-five Valley residents took the class and the response has been so great more classes have been scheduled. With applications for gun permits sky-rocketing across the Valley, classes like this ensure gun owners get the education they need.
Jeers: To vandals who tried to ruin the first week of school for students in Milton. Just days before the new school year was to start, perpetrators broke into the White Deer Elementary School, according to school officials, who did not release the extent of the damages. The investigation into the incident continues, but district officials were able to get the school ready for the start of classes on Thursday.
Cheers: To incoming freshmen at Susquehanna University. Many of them spent part of their first weekend as college students volunteering in the Valley. Up to a dozen new Crusaders spent time cleaning up Northumberland at Splashland and at the site of the soon-to-be dog park. College students aren’t always recognized for their community-service projects, but many of them take part in activities similar to this that don’t get noticed.
Cheers: To the Danville Business Alliance, for celebrating the addition of its 100th member thanks to Zing Productions and The Music Box signing on. A collaborative nonprofit, Zing Productions and The Music Box hope to bring the performing arts to the Danville residents through classes, recitals and concerts, according to DBA Executive Director Jim Wilson.