By Michael Hill
The Associated Press
Cheers: To the dozen participants in the Stiletto Stampede. Participants in the quarter-mile race on Danville’s Mill Street had to run down the borough’s main thoroughfare in shoes with heels at least three inches high. The event, to benefit the Danville Area Community Center, was part of the annual fall arts and craft fair. The key, said race organizer Billie Ingraham, is to run on your toes, something likely a bit more of a challenge for the several men who also competed this year.
Cheers: To Home Instead Senior Care and Keystone Mobile Shredding. Last week the groups paired for their annual shredding party in Lewisburg, which allowed Valley residents the opportunity to shred outdated financial documents and other papers as a way of both helping with identity protection and to de-clutter homes in today’s hoarding world. More than 2,000 pounds of paper were shredded during the event, which was then recycled and used for new paper products.
Jeers: To Donald Zerbe. The embattled former Hartleton police chief was back in the news last week. Zerbe, who was suspended from his duties in Hartleton earlier this year for allegedly offering drivers a chance to get out of speeding tickets if they donated to a playground fund, was charged with damaging a worker’s car after driving over stones with a lawn mower, then bumped into one of the contractors with the mower. While an allegation is not a conviction, someone of Zerbe’s experience should know how to avoid arrest.
Cheers: To Jon Laidacker. The 2000 Warrior Run graduate and an artist in Philadelphia, is re-creating the 1779 Battle of Fort Freeland on a 6,800-square-foot mural at the Warrior Run High School. The battle pitted American settlers against American Indians and some British troops and was fought on the site of the Warrior Run High School. Laidacker and Warrior Run art teacher Joel Ryder are using the project to get students in the district involved in art and to learn more about the region’s history.
Cheers: To Rick Shoch and Josh Van Kirk. Shoch, a Northumberland County commissioner and Van Kirk, the chief of police in Point Township, are in discussions about creating a 911 call line for hearing-impaired residents in the county. The cell line would allow Valley residents the opportunity to text emergency information to the county on a secure line. It would be the first of its kind in the Valley.
Jeers: To vandals in Montour County. For the fourth time this year, unknown perpetrators vandalized more than a dozen veterans’ graves at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Mahoning Township. Eighteen flags were removed from the cemetery, bringing the total to more than 70 so far this year.