The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 11, 2013

Cheers and jeers

Daily Item

---- — Jeers: To Robert T. Hannick Jr., who Tuesday pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent assault on a 14-year-old girl he provided with drugs in exchange for sex. Hannick, 22, of Beaver Springs, admitted the felony assault as his young victim, now 17, sat feet away in the Snyder County courtroom. Hannick faces a minimum of four years in state prison.

Cheers: To the nine Valley wrestlers who won medals at this past weekend's PIAA Championships in Hershey: Milton's Ryan Solomon and Ryan Preisch, Line Mountain's Seth Lansberry and Cameron Newman, Lewisburg's Brandon Smith, Mifflinburg's Ty Walter and Cole Walter, and Southern Columbia's Blake Marks and Kent Lane.

Cheers: To U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, who has joined others in calling for legislators to take a pay cut while many federal workers-- but not the president or members of Congress-- must face budget cuts of up to 20 percent. "I wholeheartedly support calls for a reduction in pay for members of Congress while we face the sequestration," said Barletta, R-11 of Hazleton. U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-10, of Cogan Station, agreed with Barletta, to a degree. "It's time that Congress makes the tough decisions to rein in spending and reduce the size and scope of government," he said, "and I have always believed that these cuts must start at the top with members of Congress, the president and vice president, Cabinet secretaries and top-earning managers in the public sector."

Cheers: To Chris Schlieder's attempt to hold an event to break the 1988 world-record 4.55-mile banana split created in Selinsgrove. The attempt was derailed by the organizers' inability to obtain insurance for the May event. Schlieder told Selinsgrove Borough Council he was unable to purchase the necessary insurance and was ending his quest to build a record-breaking 5-mile banana split along Market Street on May 4. "We are exactly two months away and it's just not wise to sell tickets if we can't guarantee safety," he told the council.

Cheers: To the eight Shikellamy forensics team members who qualified for the Catholic Forensics League National Tournament to be held in Philadelphia over the Memorial Day weekend. They are: seniors Tyler Stettler, Alyssa Zuback and Kellen Kane; juniors Rebeka Yocum and Shelby Snyder; and sophomores Annie Herbster, Aaron Shaffer-Neitz and Garrett Ruths.

Cheers: To the Selinsgrove Shade Tree Commission, which has been chosen to receive the 2013 Forestry Conservation of the Year award. The conservation district's Snyder County board and staff selected the Shade Tree Commission for its efforts to conserve trees in the borough. The commission -- composed of board members Joan Fasold, Don Rowe, Bo Fasold and Jeremy Smallwood -- has been working to reverse a trend noted in a Susquehanna University study that Selinsgrove had lost about 51 percent of its trees in the past 30 years.