Cheers: To the Pennsylvania State Police and District Judge Jeffrey Mensch for performing their duty in the face of intensive local loyalty to Chief Donald "Larry" Zerbe, of Hartleton, who has been arrested and charged with theft and conspiracy for allegedly funneling traffic citation fines directly into a community playground fund. There is a lot of good to be said of Chief Zerbe, innocent until proven otherwise, and many in his community have said it. There is more to be said for applying the law equally and fairly to all. Let's respect and appreciate that as well.
Cheers: To the hundreds, if not thousands, of walkers who have participated or will in Relays for Life across the Valley, which began in full Friday evening in Riverside. Upcoming relays, which raise money to benefit the American Cancer Society, include those in Selinsgrove on May 31; Mandata, Lewisburg and Shamokin on June 7; and Beaver Springs and Milton on June 14.
Jeers: To 60-year-old Daniel F. Rummel, who in 2012 flashed a 9-mm handgun at and threatened a state Department of Transportation worker and a Union County Housing Authority office manager. A jury deliberated 90 minutes Tuesday and found the Lewisburg resident guilty of two counts of making terroristic threats, two counts of simple assault, and carrying a firearm while unlicensed -- all misdemeanors. He will be sentenced in two weeks.
Cheers: To Shikellamy High senior Abbey Ruths, who inspired a project to build wells and provide safe drinking water to those in developing countries. Her idea was adopted by National Honor Society students at Shikellamy. The effort is called Charity: water. All public donations directly fund water projects. To date, the campaign has raised $2,300 and has a goal of $5,000. For more information, visit online my.charitywater.org/2013shiknhs.
Jeers: To those who allow their dogs to soil the 2-year-old Buffalo Valley Rail Trail. "It's been brought to our attention," said Thomas Zorn, one of three supervisors of East Buffalo Township, through which a large portion of the trail runs. Some residents raised the issue with the supervisors, he said, and it was subsequently referred to the recreation authority. In East Buffalo Township, dogs "cannot run at large, they can't do their business anywhere and people are required to clean up after them," said township secretary Barry Troxell.
In Lewisburg and Mifflinburg boroughs, several ordinances cover dogs. One prohibits dogs from running off leash, or "to run at large," on any public grounds in these boroughs, and law enforcement may seize an animal seen running around.