The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 3, 2013

Today's Rave: Cheers and Jeers


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Cheers: To Ryan Keiser. The Selinsgrove graduate had one of the key plays in Penn State’s season-opening victory against Syracuse on Saturday as the junior safety saw the most significant action in his college football career. Keiser, who earned a scholarship in the spring from coach Bill O’Brien, made two solo tackles out of his defensive back spot. His most important moment came in the second quarter when he ran for five yards for a first down on a fake field goal. The play extended Penn State’s first scoring drive.

Cheers: To Lydia Ross. The Sunbury woman risked her own life by going into the Susquehanna River on Aug. 25 to help a 7-year-old who was struggling in the choppy water near the marina at Shikellamy State Park. Ross, a mother of five, was also caught up in the strong current and had to be helped out of the river herself. Interim park manager Phillip Schmidt said: “I can’t thank her enough. As a park visitor, she went above and beyond.”

Cheers: To Judge Robert Sacavage, Northumberland County’s president judge, for delivering justice for 1-year-old Aneela Loner. In a bench trial, Sacavage found Bertha Dreese, the grandmother of baby Loner who did not check on her for 19 hours while watching her, guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her granddaughter in 2010.

Jeers: To Miley Cyrus. Pick a reason why, after her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, but the 20-year-old star best known as Hannah Montana offended more people in her two-minute twerking expedition with Robin Thicke than was thought possible. While trying to prove how far removed she is from her Disney days, Cyrus’ tongue-wagging, gyrating, X-rated episode certainly cost her more fans than she earned.

Cheers: To the Rev. Ricky Phillips and Mazeppa Manna. A 150-year-old church found new life as a food and clothing distribution center in its first two weeks of business. Thanks to donations and hard work from members of Mazeppa Union, St. John’s and Dreisbach churches, the new center was able to help more than 50 Union County families with free food, clothing, diapers and backpacks with school supplies.

Cheers: To Snyder County’s National Night Out. What was expected to be a crowd in the hundreds swelled into the thousands for the inaugural event at the East Snyder Park. Firefighters, police, emergency responders, elected officials and more were on hand for the event hosted by District Attorney Michael Piecuch, Snyder County 911, state police at Selinsgrove and police departments from Middleburg, Selinsgrove and Shamokin Dam.