---- — Cheers: To Valley conservationists who aspire to save 227 acres of Montour County wetlands from development via an auction on June 1. Aside from the Susquehanna River, the tract, known as the Sharp Ridge Oxbow, in Mayberry Township, is the most diverse wetland in the Valley. The dozen or so conservationists who walked the property with the auctioneer recently are merging with the Roaring Creek Valley Conservation Association to find a buyer. The Nature Conservancy and Ducks Unlimited, two national preservation groups, have shown an interest in purchasing the land.
Cheers: To the Snyder and Union County Adult Drug Treatment Court, which became just the sixth accredited treatment court in the state. The court has met all of the state's best practice requirements on a routine basis. The court, which began in 2008, has 18 graduates, 27 active participants, more than 12,300 hours of community service and a 90 percent testing compliance rate, Senior Judge Harold Woelfel Jr. said. There are more than 25 drug courts in the state.
Cheers: To SUN Area Technical Institute students who won first-place gold medals at the 46th annual Pennsylvania SkillsUSA Leadership Conference and advance to a national competition in Kansas City from June 24-29. Gold-medal winners are Levi Cross, in collision repair; cosmetology students Amanda Torres in action skill, Ashley Wilson in esthetics and Kayla Dunkle in nail care.
Cheers: To the state Senate Transportation Committee that Tuesday approved a bill containing funding for the $600 million, 12.4-mile Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway. The legislation heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee before a possible vote on the state Senate floor. Among those on the 14-member panel is John Gordner, R-27, of Berwick.
Cheers: To Shea Williams, 17, a junior at Milton Area Senior High School, who will compete for the national title in business communication at the Future Business Leaders of America conference June 25 through July 1 in Anaheim, Calif. Williams placed fifth out of 90 participants in the state competition and was given an opportunity to compete on the national stage. Business communication involves knowledge of grammar as well as an understanding of various business writing styles, Williams said. She'll be preparing for the national competition with best wishes from the Valley.
Cheers: To the 75 people who stood underneath umbrellas and tents during a steady rain to honor 74 Northumberland County men and women during Saturday's Hometown Veteran Banner unveiling celebration. The program began last year in the county and featured 77 banners, each bearing the name and photo of a veteran, era and branch of service, hometown and sponsor.