The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 5, 2012

Cheers and jeers

Daily Item

---- — Cheers: To Lewisburg senior cross-country runner Sean Walker, who had the best finish of all Valley competitors at the state championships in Hershey on Saturday. Walker placed ninth by finishing the 3.1-mile course in 16 minutes and 39 seconds. Also medaling in Hershey were Shikellamy freshman runner Treicy Cedeno, who finished 14th with a time of 19:50, and Danville freshman Mackenzie Jones, who was 17th with a time of 19:51. The cross-country championships were held the same day as the district soccer championships. The Lewisburg boys bested Selinsgrove 2-1 and the Selinsgrove girls topped Danville on penalty kicks in AA. In the Class A title games, the East Juniata boys beat Benton 7-0 and the Loyalsock girls beat Juniata 4-2. In this busy championship season, the Selinsgrove girls continued their dynastic run in field hockey winning their eighth consecutive district title by beating Line Mountain 3-2 in overtime.

Jeers: To Olen Mast, 51, of Limestone Township in Montour County, who was sentenced to up to 18 months in prison for firing a gun into an Amish home while shooting at the family's dog. Mast told police that he returned home and discovered his own dog missing and the Amish family's dog running loose. Mast grabbed his gun and chased the Amish dog to its home, where he fired two rounds, hitting the dog after it retreated onto a porch. Two women and a girl were in the home at the time.

Cheers: To state Rep. Tarah Toohil, of Hazleton, who faces re-election while trying to convince voters to believe a YouTube video and subsequent attack ads ought to be ignored. For those who missed the scandal: Toohil was captured on video at a social gathering where there appeared to be drug use taking place. The video also shows Toohil smooching another woman. After the video surfaced, Toohil issued another video, this time an apology from Harrisburg. Predictably, Democrats began running attack ads focused on the videos. In a debate with the Democratic challenger Ransom Young, Toohil said her opponent was waging "one of the lowest, most disgusting campaigns." All of which is much more interesting than anything that has transpired in Valley campaigning this election season. We think Toohil might begin to change her campaign motto, how about: "The life of the (Republican) party"?