Shamokin PA

Cheers and prayers

The News-Item’s cheers and prayers for the last week of news:

• Cheers to the Northumberland County Coalition set to meet Wednesday to hear information on the issue of homelessness in the county. An often overlooked local issue, the organization meets the second Wednesday of each month to disseminate valuable information to Northumberland County residents.

• Cheers to another successful year of the All Home Days celebration in Elysburg. The rainy weekend made way for sunshine and 70s Labor Day, creating an idyllic atmosphere for guests to enjoy this longtime tradition.

• Prayers to those affected by Hurricane Irma as it made its way to the mainland via Florida Sunday into today. As with Hurricane Harvey, our hearts are with those who had to withstand the wrath of these historic storms. Cheers to those who help evacuate, rebuild, rescue and are involved in any way in such catastrophic events, locally or right there in the thick of it.

• Cheers to the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way for taking addiction education to students during “Recovery Month” in school assemblies and even at Friday night football games.

• Speaking of football, cheers to Southern Columbia for honoring fan John Reed, of Catawissa, who suffers from ALS Friday, night on Roth Field at Tiger Stadium prior to the game against Mount Carmel. It puts into perspective, with all the chatter about the new turf, what’s really important. Cheers to all those who donated to offset the cost of Reed’s medical care.

• Cheers to Knoebels for being the quaint little gem that it is in our area. It’s charm in preserving the look of the cottage era and its appeal with events like Sunday’s Doggie Dive make us appreciate what we have in such a unique, family-owned, free-admission amusement park.

• Finally, prayers to this great nation on the 16th anniversary of the terror attacks of 9/11. May those who lost people find peace and healing in memorials set to take place throughout the day and may we all focus on the value of life, for it can be gone in an instant.