The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 11, 2013

Cheers and jeers

Daily Item

---- — Cheers: To The Milton Area High competitive cheerleading squad, which this weekend represented their school, borough and fans in the Universal Cheerleaders Association national championships. The 21 girls on the squad advanced on Saturday to Sunday's Final Five by scoring 84.4 points for their 2½-minute routine. Milton, the champion in the first District 4 competitive cheerleading tournament held in November, finished eighth in the PIAA tournament last weekend in Hershey.

Jeers: To Scott Binsack, the Shamokin resident and inmate at Rockview State Prison who, according to his attorney, has made no attempt to pay considerable legal bills associated with his federal civil suit against Shamokin and a number of officials. Binsack, who taunted chasers through YouTube videos while he was on the lam, filed his lawsuit in November, the same day he was nabbed in Bath, N.Y. His lawsuit claims numerous people caused him to violate his parole, and that he was told he would be beaten by guards, so he never reported to parole agents and he took off.

Cheers: To Ashley Phillips, a Selinsgrove Area Middle School student who qualified for the Central Pennsylvania Spelling Bee, set for Feb. 23 in Harrisburg. Ashley was among 150 sixth- through eighth-graders in 66 Pennsylvania schools eligible to take a 100-word written test Jan. 27 and earn a chance to qualify for the state bee. On Feb. 23, the 13-year-old will be among 36 pupils vying for a chance to compete in this spring's national Scripps-Howard Spelling Bee near Washington, D.C.

Cheers: To Northumberland County Commissioner Rick Shoch, who in "three minutes" of research determined that a suggestion by fellow Commissioners Vinny Clausi and Steve Bridy to move the county administration office from Sunbury to Shamokin would be illegal. Had they read the county code -- "a copy of which is (or should be) in the top desk drawer of each of the commissioners," Shoch said -- Clausi and Bridy would have known the administrative office must stay put. Shoch provided documentation Feb. 3 that shows the offices, functions and records must be located in the county seat. "Most of the functions, records located in the administration building would fall into the enumerated categories that are required to be physically located in the county seat," Shoch wrote in a statement.

Cheers: To Christopher N. Wolfe, who volunteered to fill a vacant spot on Northumberland Borough Council. But after only 21 days in office, he had to resign after learning he had not met the borough's residency requirement. It wasn't until Monday that he was made aware of Article IX of the Borough Code, which was amended in May 2012, which states that one year of residency is required for appointment to the council. "I have only been a resident since July 6, 2012, which makes me ineligible for the appointment," he said. The confusion, he said, stemmed from an older version of Article IX, which said appointees only needed to be a registered elector of the borough.