The State House has passed legislation dealing with local and state impacts, environmental concerns, and increased regulation of drilling for Marcellus Shale natural gas in Pennsylvania. The bill now moves onto the State Senate for consideration. State Representative David Millard told us that the State Senate has passed their own bill that calls for an overall tax of a little under 3%. The bill passed in the House calls for a little over a 1% tax. Millard says that the House tax would put us at the bottom of the barrel, and the Senate tax would put the state in the middle of the pack compared to other states.
Loose Ties Model Railroad
You may have been walking through the Columbia Mall and noticed the big train display. That display is thanks to the Loose Ties Model Railroad Club. The group started in Central Pennsylvania in 1986, and Jeff Johnstonbaugh, Club President, says they take their portable layout to different places to share the train. Johnstonbaugh says that Christmas, trains, and kids all go together...and with that mindset the group has a Christmas event coming up this weekend. The display will be open to the public at no charge at the Columbia Mall Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from noon to 4:00 pm.
Operation Safe Holiday
PennDOT and police across Pennsylvania will partner for “Operation Safe Holiday,” an aggressive effort to keep travelers safe this holiday season. Through early January, police will use sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols, and regular traffic safety patrols to crack down on motorists who are speeding, driving aggressively or driving while impaired. Pennsylvania will also conduct Click It or Ticket seat-belt enforcement now through December 4th.
Berwick United Way
Joy McGinnis of the Berwick Area United Way has checked in with totals for this year's campaign. The Berwick Campaign has raised 92% of their total goal so far this year, at just under $369,000. The campaign continues and if you'd like to donate you can go online to www.berwickareaunitedway.org or call 759-8203.
Red Cross Help
One way to help our area is to donate blood, and the Danville Area Red Cross would like to raise awareness of blood donations in our community and what you can do to help. To schedule a time for a red cross representative to come in to speak to your group, please call 275-1441. If you're looking for a blood drive coming soon keep Monday and Tuesday marked on your calendar. Go to the community calendar here on our website for dates and times of the drives happening next week.
The State Senate has voted to strengthen Megan's Law. The law requires sex offenders to register with state police and provide up-to-date information on where they live and work. The senate legislation would close loopholes in PA's Megan's Law, and make it conform with federal law. After unanimous passage in the senate the bill now heads to the state house, which has routinely shown support for improving the law.
Governor Former and Present Weigh In
While many members of the General Assembly rush to pass legislation in the wake of the Penn State scandal, Governor Tom Corbett urges caution. At the same time former Governor Ed Rendell says Penn State must clean up their own rules first, and he does acknowledge that state law could be improved. Meanwhile, a $3-million dollar state grant that had been approved for the charity Jerry Sandusky founded has been put on hold.
Area High School Football teams went head-to-head as postseason play continued Friday night. In a game heard on Newsradio 930 Bloomsburg defeated Towanda 35-20 in the D4 Class AA Final. On Classic Rock 103.5 Berwick ended their 2011 season by taking the Eastern Conference D3 title 57-46 against Southern Lehigh. In the D4 Class A Final Southern Columbia beat Line Mountain 35-14. Listen to the details from Friday's action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update: