Cheers: To Snyder County District Attorney Michael Piecuch who is hosting a community forum tonight to share security tips with church leaders after a rash of burglaries at houses of worship in the region. The forum will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Grace Covenant Community Church in Middleburg. Among the victims in the burglary spree was the youth group of Beaver Lutheran Church in Beaver Springs. The group lost $424 they had earned fundraising for a trip to New Orleans. Despite the loss, the congregation has pledged to make sure the young people can still make the trip, pastor Nathan Baker-Trinity said.
Cheers: To Evangelical Community Hospital, which gave employees and the public a sneak peak at the hospital's $35 million, 42,000-square-foot expansion, which includes new operating rooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology along with larger cardiac rehabilitation facilities. Hospital officials have every reason to be proud of their biggest expansion project in 20 years.
Jeers: To Gov. Tom Corbett who has never satisfactorily explained why it took so long to bring criminal charges against former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The investigation began under Corbett's watch as attorney general, but the criminal charges were not filed until after Corbett was elected governor. Corbett commended the victims who had the courage to face Sandusky to see that he was brought to justice, but the governor has refused to explain why it took so long for charges to be filed.
Cheers: To the animal lovers, and in particular to the unidentified Good Samaritan who patiently worked to capture Winnie, a runaway Corgi/beagle mix that had evaded captors for close to a month after making a break from a Selinsgrove animal hospital. In the end, even the wariest canine couldn't resist the chance to snack on a hot dog, bringing a happy ending to Winnie's grand adventure.
Cheers: To the Shikellamy school board members who are refusing to pay a legal bill from a Harrisburg law firm hired by former superintendent Robin Musto for a personnel hearing. The district was billed $9,300 for a five-hour hearing. Voting against payment were: Directors Lori Garman, Jim Garman, Tom Michaels and Wendy Wiest, who argued that the district ought to negotiate to get the bill decreased. Since the district's getting billed $1,860 an hour, the directors seem to have a point, though in the future school officials ought to do a better job determining what rate they will be charged beforehand.