The News-Items cheers and jeers from the past week of news:
• Cheers to the Paxinos Cross Committee and Boy Scouts for putting on another wonderful Easter service on the mountain overlooking Route 61. The organization reported about 300 visitors to the service. Thankfully, despite a negative forecast for the event, Saturday’s weather cooperated with one of the nicest days of the year so far.
• Cheers to Southern Columbia Area senior Morgan Cole, who won the Best in Show award at the Packwood House Museum’s 41st annual Scholastic Arts Exhibit. Cole entered a piece of artwork in the pencil, pen and ink category named “Sunday Morning.”
• Cheers to Rosalind Kane for organizing her seventh annual cleanup on Saturday. Kane, a sophomore at Shamokin Area High School, led about 75 people in collecting more than 100 bags of trash in Shamokin.
• Jeers to those who continue to litter, whether in Shamokin or otherwise, who rely on citizens like Kane to pick up their trash.
• Cheers to Sen. John Gordner and the Mount Carmel Area School Board for working to secure $250,000 in state funding to finance upgrades to the school’s natatorium. Work is expected to begin toward the end of May.
• Cheers to Elysburg native Amanda (Swartz) Sbriscia for raising $5,000 for the Children’s Advocacy Center during Monday’s Boston Marathon. Sbriscia, a 2002 graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School, tackled the 26.2-mile run in about five hours.
• Cheers to area organizations that have put their own time and money into hosting Easter egg hunts for area children. The scale of such events has grown over the years, with some of the biggest events this year approaching 10,000 eggs to be collected.