The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Rave

June 24, 2013

Cheers and jeers

Cheers: To the scores of volunteers -- from emergency officials to friends of Mackenzie Greco -- who searched 20 square miles Tuesday and Wednesday for the 17-year-old Marion Heights jogger who went missing Monday night. And to Mount Carmel Township Police Chief Brian Hollenbush, who -- after Greco had been seen and ran from authorities -- outwitted the Eagle Scout by seizing him under the guise of handing him a telephone to take a call from a friend.

Cheers: To lifeguards at Liberty Splashland in Northumberland, who administered life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation to a 6-year-old Shamokin boy who was discovered at the bottom of the pool on Wednesday. The boy was the second to be rescued in the Valley since June 12, when a 5-year-old boy was discovered floating motionless and face-down in the Mifflinburg Community Pool. That child also received quick medical attention and survived.

Jeers: To the state Department of Transportation, which built a website that compares competing plans to spend billions of dollars on highways and bridges in new transportation money under proposals being considered by the Legislature, but had refused to release similar information to the public, which will pay for the chosen projects. PennDOT on Friday finally made the site accessible to taxpayers.

Jeers: To the shooter who killed Flash, a 1-year-old cat owned by 3-year-old Point Township resident Nevaeh Good, on June 14. While the Goods were home that day, they didn't hear the shot. It was Nevaeh who found Flash. The family said Point Township officer Tim Fink investigated. Police Chief Josh Vankirk told them if there is any more shooting in the area, "We are to call them right away," Charlene Good said.

Cheers: To Penn State for giving football coach Bill O'Brien a raise after one season. O'Brien took over an impossible situation and led the Nittany Lions to an impressive season and won several national coach the year honors. But his success in Happy Valley extends well beyond the gridiron, where he was able to rally a university from depths not seen before.

Cheers: To several Valley runners who will take part in the One Run for Boston relay when it visits the area this week. The 3,000-mile run began in Los Angeles on June 7 and will end in Boston on Sunday. It will raise money for the victims of the marathon bombing. The final 26.2 miles of the relay will follow the Boston Marathon route.

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