The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 9, 2012

Cheers and jeers

Daily Item

---- — Jeers: To the Warrior Run Area Education Association for urging teachers to limit the amount of time they work to the time mandated by the union's labor agreement with the Warrior Run School District. The union is upset at the pace of negotiations; teachers have been working under the terms of a contract that expired 18 months ago. The public may not fully appreciate how much time beyond the normal school day some teachers devote to helping students, preparing for class or grading papers. However, eliminating that extra effort is the wrong way to seek support.

Cheers: To the Unitarian Universalist congregation, which has used a fundraising program used by many churches and schools to help residents of the area of New Jersey devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Generally, participants buy gift cards for grocery stores and other retail locations, and the organization keeps a small percentage of the face value of the card. In this case, the buyers are not keeping their gift cards, they are sending them to people in New Jersey who can use the cards for groceries there. In a few weeks, the congregation has sent $6,000 worth of grocery cards to the Garden State.

Cheers: To Union-Snyder Senior Judge Louise O. Knight, who balked at allowing former Northumberland Borough Council President Bryan Wolfe to pay less in restitution each month. Wolfe had been ordered to pay $1,000 a month to his former employer in Snyder County. But Wolfe, who managed to repay Northumberland Borough $18,000 to stay out of jail, argued that he couldn't afford the Snyder County payments. Tough, said Judge Knight, noting that the restitution payments ought to be a bit of a hardship.

Cheers: To 15-year-old Julia McArdle-Coe, of New Berlin, who recently took the Bronze Reserve Championship, topping 200 other competitors at the American Quarter Horse Novice Championship in Tennessee. Julia, a freshman at Mifflinburg Area High School, trains at West Acre Farm near Lewisburg.

Cheers: To Emily and Andrea Cole, a pair of sisters who launched the Honduran Soles shoe drive at Revival Tabernacle Church near Watsontown. After visiting Honduras on a church mission trip, the girls decided to launch the shoe drive for residents of the country. With the help of members of the congregation, Honduran Soles was founded, and the Coles have collected more than 2,000 shoes to take to Choluteca, Honduras, in January and distribute, said Emily Cole.