Valley News Digest

Sayre high school, library to host bullying talk

The Sayre Public Library and Sayre High School will present a bullying and suicide prevention seminar Tuesday in the high school auditorium.

The 6 p.m. presentation will feature nationally recognized speaker Lora Lee Kodzo, the author of "Locker 572," a novel that addresses teen bullying. Kodzo was inspired to write the novel after reading news reports about bullied teens, according to a release from the library.

The free program is open to all area teens, parents, youth-serving professionals and others interested in learning more about bullying and suicide prevention and Kodzo's book. To register or for more information, call the library at (570) 888-2256.

Benefit Saturday for local child

A benefit will be held Saturday at Tanner's Bar and Grill in Athens in support of a local child receiving medical treatment for a birth defect in Boston.

"Prayers for Paisley," to be held from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Route 199 bar, will raise money for expenses associated with the treatment of 14-month-old Paisley Smith's gastroschisis, according to information from organizers. The event will feature live music, a Chinese auction, raffles and food.

In Boston, Paisley, the daughter of Wesley Smith and Lindsey Goetzl, is receiving advanced treatment and venous nutrition that could potentially keep her from needing a bowel transplant. In the meantime, she has been placed on the inactive bowel transplant list in Pittsburgh, organizers said.

Donations may also be mailed to Prayers for Paisley, 210 Roosevelt Street, Sayre, PA 18840 with checks and money orders made out to "Prayers for Paisley."

Historical grave to be rededicated in Litchfield Twp.

Bradford County representatives of the Sons of Union Veterans will rededicate the grave of a Civil War veteran at 1 p.m. Saturday in Litchfield Township.

The headstone of Private Horace Sackett, a member of the 12th Pennsylvania Calvary during the Civil War, was recently replaced after the original had weathered to the point of being unreadable, according to a release from the Private Silas Gore Camp #141. A ceremony will be held, including a brief outline of Private Sackett's service, and an honor guard furnished by the 141st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Company A reenactment group will fire a salute, the release reads.

Those interested in participating may meet along the roadside of Hill Road, just south of the intersection with Cotton Hollow Road, as the rededication is located on private land. The group will proceed on foot to the grave location, according to the release.

For further information, contact camp commander Kurt Lafy at (570) 637-5103.