The News-Item’s cheers and jeers from the past week of news:
• Cheers to Nancy Lasko, who was named Mother of the Year during a ceremony held by the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 464, Mount Carmel, on Friday to kick off Mothers Day weekend. Lasko was surprised to receive the award and became emotional as her family entered the room after she was announced as the area’s top mom.
• Cheers to Tammie Broscious, of Shamokin, for claiming a $2 million Cash 5 jackpot seven days ago through the Pennsylvania Lottery. Broscious opted not to speak to the media after the win, a decision The News-Item respects fully. Enjoy the newfound wealth!
• Jeers to the actors involved with vandalizing the vacant Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church on West Arch Street in Shamokin. Many items were stolen from the facility including a cross, Communion trays, candle holders, a sump pump and more. A parishioner of the church confronted a man who fled out a side door facing Anthracite Street and was able to take down the license plate of the vehicle. However, Cpl. Bryan Primerano said he doesn’t believe the plate that was observed is related to the criminal act.
• Cheers to those involved with hiring 12 new correctional officers at the Northumberland County Jail. The prison’s understaffing issues have caused taxpayers to bear the burden of increased overtime pay, and the new hires should help to reduce costs going forward.