The Daily Item
Cheers: To the African American Memorial Committee. The committee unveiled a memorial at the Milton Cemetery, just two months after announcing the project. The group wanted to erect a marker honoring the 17 African-Americans who are buried in the cemetery, which quickly became a realization, thanks to community funds. “It’s the culmination of a project that bears witness that these people were alive and part of the community,” said committee chairwoman Carriann Schulz.
Jeers: To Watsontown Borough Council, for the second time in three weeks. This time, for using its own solicitor to research how to “exclude mayor from executive sessions.” The solicitor’s law firm billed the council nearly $180 for the time spent trying to keep outspoken mayor Dave Hontz out of executive sessions. Really? The mayor?
Cheers: To Julie Rockey. She is bringing another huge running event to the Valley, this time with a holiday theme. Rockey is co-chair of the Trick or Trot in Elizabethville, which already has more than 650 registrants. The event will raise money for the Elizabethville bicentennial celebration. Rockey also founded the Ta-Ta Trot, which had more than 1,700 runners and walkers this July.
Jeers: To PennDOT. The state’s Department of Transportation drew the ire of many Valley residents thanks to an unexpected partial closing of the critically necessary green bridge leading in and out of Selinsgrove. The bridge was lane-restricted for several months this spring and summer due to construction and workers returned, unannounced, for several more days of road work. Plus the job could have been better timed. It was done during morning rush hour. A little while later, they were done, but so was morning traffic.
Cheers: To PLANET. Danville High School is getting an environmentally friendly water fountain thanks to students in PLANET (People Loving All-Natural Earth Treasures). The group wanted the district to buy the fountain as a means of reducing waste in the school. The fountain, which will likely be purchased with money from the maintenance budget, has a separate spigot that can be used to fill water bottles with purified water.
Cheers: To new Hall of Fame members. Three men with deep ties to Valley wrestling, will be inducted into the West Branch Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame next month. Former Milton wrestling coach Bob Greenly, former Watsontown High athlete and Wyalusing wrestling coach Karl Schnure, and Randall Watts, an All-American wrestler at Bloomsburg University and long-time area coach, will all inducted into the Hall of Fame with 10 others at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport on Nov. 10.