The News-Item’s cheers and jeers from the past week of news:

Cheers to the area firefighters who are showing support for Elysburg firefighter Andrew Jones, who is currently fighting for his life in a battle against Legionnaires’ disease. The most recent online posts regarding Jones’ status have shown signs of improvement, but the battle has yet to be won. As of Sunday afternoon, a GoFundMe campaign had raised nearly $1,000 for the 30-year-old.

Jeers to those who watched Special Counsel Robert Mueller testify as a source of entertainment. Furthermore, our congressional leaders who continued to ask Mueller questions that he declined to answer 15 times already can be interpreted as nothing other than political grandstanding and a waste of everyone’s time.

Cheers to Coney Island for receiving some well-earned attention from the national TV show “Road Trip Masters” during a filming on Saturday. The Coney has been serving food to residents of Shamokin for the past 102 years and remains a staple in the community today. While small businesses in the area have struggled over the last 50 years, we’re thankful Coney Island remains.

Cheers to the Shamokin Housing Authority board of directors, who handled a stressful meeting this week as best they could. While Executive Director Ron Miller continues to come under fire from the public, please keep in mind all allegations against him have not been proven and should not be considered fact.

Cheers to State Rep. Kurt Masser for organizing his annual first responder pool party, set for Monday, Aug. 19 at the Lawton Schroyer Memorial Pool in Shamokin. While those who thank firefighters and EMTs on Facebook are plenty, it’s rare to see such a kind gesture put into action.

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