The News-Item’s cheers and jeers from the past week of news:
Jeers to the actors responsible for this week’s abundance of animal cruelty-related busts conducted by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). On Wednesday, Hillside SPCA entered a home in Upper Mahantongo Township to save nearly 50 animals that had been severely neglected in a home that could only be described as having detestable living conditions. The very next day, a nearly identical story came out of the Borough of Mount Carmel, where volunteers once again saved numerous animals, eight of which had life-threatening conditions. As of Thursday, the Upper Mahantongo suspect remained at large and was being searched for by state police in Schuylkill Haven. SPCA officers said the Mount Carmel home was occupied by an individual, though they did not elaborate on whether an arrest warrant had been issued or if police were investigating the potential crime. A press release from the SPCA hinted at the Mount Carmel case being a situation where the individual may have intended to rescue the animals, despite the living conditions being detrimental to the animals’ health. Please keep in mind that there are numerous shelters in the area, and while rescuing animals is a noble cause, there comes a point where asking for help is the better option.
Cheers to Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, which once again received the honor of being named to the Amusement Park Historical Association’s list of top amusement parks in the nation. Knoebels, which is one of the area’s top employers, continues to find success year after year by offering free admission and providing a superior amusement park experience while staying true to its family-owned roots.
Cheers to Mount Carmel Area graduate Madelyn Witkoski, who had the opportunity to briefly meet Vice President Mike Pence during his trip to the state Capitol while she interned with the Pennsylvania State Police. The News-Item would like to wish Witkoski the best of luck in the future.
Cheers to The News-Item readers, who on Thursday helped Coal Township Police Detective Matthew Hashuga identify two robbery suspects who are wanted for stealing $800 from the Mount Royal Mart on State Route 901 in Ranshaw. Hashuga said he received numerous tips from the public and has positively identified the suspects.
Cheers to the Mount Carmel Township supervisors, who pushed aside Wednesday’s meeting schedule to listen to citizens’ comments concerning the deteriorating road conditions on Beech Drive in Shady Acres, Atlas. While budget restrictions are always a battle, the fact the supervisors halted other business to listen to concerns from their constituents tells us the elected officials have the proper mindset for public service. Let’s all hope a solution to the problem is on the horizon.