The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Rave

November 11, 2013

Today's Rave: Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To all our Valley’s veterans.

What can we say? They answered the nation’s call in times of trouble. Not all came home. Those who did are still fulfilling a sacred trust by attending programs around the region and sharing some of their experiences with the rest of us, especially each year on Veterans Day. A fine cross-section of them went to Shikellamy High School on Friday and shared stories of life on the front lines of history. JROTC leader retired Col. Joe Walsh pegged it, calling the gathering a “real-life history lesson.”

Cheers: To the thoughtful voters who wrote in names in Tuesday’s election, especially in openings where there were no races.

For many of the vote-getters, it’s decision time — to accept or pass on their fellow citizens’ show of confidence.

Cheers: To Danville High School seniors Harry Baum and Chris Morgan, who rose to the musical challenge to win berths on an elite band.

The two local musicians will be flying to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to rehearse for the halftime show of the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. “It’ll be a challenge, but we can handle it,” a confident Morgan said recently. That’s hitting all the right notes.

Cheers: To Sue Williams and her fellow members of the Women of the Moose in Milton.

A visit to Chicago, and Mooseheart Child City and School, moved Williams to start a quilt project to brighten the lives of the children there. A group of about 10 local quilters are busy at this moment, hoping to have quilts ready to go by Christmas. Their work will add a warm touch to the lives of the school’s “sunshine” children.

Cheers: To Nick Daniloff and all his teachers and classmates at Linntown Elementary School.

In all, they raised $500 and collected 500 bicycles for the children of Rockaway, N.J., who lost much in superstorm Sandy. In the face of the loss, bicycles may rate low in priority, but to a kid it’s a tangible hope that recovery is not so far out of reach.

Cheers: To the Union County Housing Authority for its decision to tap a $78,000 reserve.

Government spending so often gets a bad rap, but, in this instance, it means 15 households will be getting some much-needed rent assistance. Executive Director Jerre Engle noted that many of these families “have been on the waiting list forever.”

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