Cheers: To Seals Cafe. The student-run cafe at Selinsgrove High School has been a creative collaboration between special education and other Selinsgrove students since 2011. The goal of the project, said special education teacher Ashley Whary, is to help the special education students with their social skills and others to interact with them on a daily basis. The operation started slowly in 2011, and now, thanks to donations from Fresh Roasted Coffee Co., the group makes between $200 and $300 in profit each week, serving two local businesses and other schools in the district.
Cheers: To Abigail Stroup. The 16-year-old Kreamer teen was named queen of the Beaver County Fair after she was urged to enter by her mother. “I want to show how agriculture can survive in this ever-changing world,” Stroup said, calling it a once in a lifetime experience.
Jeers: To the Watsontown Borough Council. Public meetings are supposed to be public for a reason and the Watsontown leaders ignored the 15 local residents who took time out of their day to attend a rare day-time meeting. Council called the afternoon session to accommodate solicitor Ryan Tira and then made a mockery of the event. They met behind closed doors for 90 minutes before exiting the meeting and calling for adjournment, leaving the crowd to wonder what the gathering was for in the first place.
Cheers: To Sharon Schnure Laverdure, R. Brooks Gronlund and Andrew Shaw. The three were honored as the Lewisburg Area High School Distinguished Alumni honorees for 2013. Laverdure, Class of 1969, is the superintendent at East Stroudsburg. Shaw, Class of 1988, is a ceramic artist and professor of art at Louisiana State University. Gronlund, Class of 1986, is the leader of the Green Dragon Foundation, which has made distributions to the Lewisburg Area School District of more than $270,000 since 2009.
Cheers: To Montour County. The county is one of the best in the state when it comes to serving veterans, being named County of the Year along with Clinton County by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Montour County received the top honor based on the county having the highest amount, or $1,084, available per veteran in the county. The county’s veterans population is listed at 1,512.
Cheers: To Mark Catalano. The Northumberland resident’s award-winning photograph “Bridge in the Mist” took first place in the Public Library for Union County’s annual amateur photography contest, “Union County: Off the Beaten Path.” Along with receiving the blue ribbon, his photo was professionally framed by The Open Door Gallery as the grand-prize winner.