Joe Paterno Remembered
The public will get it's chance to say goodbye to Joe Paterno. Two public viewings are scheduled the first is today from 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM and the second tomorrow from 8:00 AM to Noon. A public memorial is planned for Thursday at the Bryce Jordan Center at 2:00 PM. Meanwhile, Governor Tom Corbett has all Pennsylvania flags at the State Capitol Complex flying at half staff until Paterno is laid to rest.
Getting It Wrong
In a statement on www.onwardstate.com managing editor and Penn State student Devon Edwards apologized for releasing incorrect information Saturday night about the passing of Joe Paterno. The college community news website reported that Joe Paterno had died Saturday after receiving what they thought was credible information. Not too long after, major news networks picked up that news and republished it. A family spokesman corrected that public release, and Joe Paterno did not pass away until Sunday morning. Edwards has stepped down as managing editor of the website due to this error.
There is an opening on the Benton Borough council. Council is accepting applications to fill that position. Applicants must have lived in the borough for at least a year. All applications should be submitted to the borough office by February 3rd.
Library Gas Card
You know about the Bloomsburg Public Library and the McBride Memorial Library in Berwick...but if you are a resident of Columbia County do you know about the Columbia County Traveling Library? Lydia Kegler – M.L.S – Director of the Columbia County Traveling Library says it's worth checking out their bookmobile. During the September Flood the library was heavily damaged and lost $90,000 in books supplies and furnishings...they have a temporary physical location set up in the Columbia Mall and the bookmobile is currently running. The library is hoping to win a $5,000 gas card in a contest going on right now...and you can vote daily through February 9th by going to www.fuelinggood.com. Kegler says that amount would fuel the bookmobile for a year...helping to make up some of their lost funds from the flood.
Berwick Health Fair
The Berwick High School cafeteria will turn into a health fair on Wednesday for parents and students of the Berwick Area School District. The health fair is being put together by Mulberry Street Chiropractic, located in Berwick. Dr. Amanda Collier says the health fair will cover topics like physical, financial and emotional health. Collier says she is interested in helping young people make healthy choices before they become unhealthy. The health fair is happening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Wednesday and is open to all Berwick Area School District students and parents.
The Governor's annual budget address is scheduled for February 7th. Half-way into this fiscal year, revenues are lagging expectations to the tune of a half-billion dollars. Governor Tom Corbett says he's dealing with the difficult budget reality. Corbett added that last year's cuts to basic education were the direct result of the loss of federal stimulus money, and he stresses that state funding of public schools actually increased.
The State Senate is working on legislation to implement extended federal unemployment benefits. Pennsylvania's unemployment compensation law must be amended to allow the benefits and authorized by congress to take effect. If the benefits are to be extended business owners want to see some changes in eligibility. Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Vice President Same Denisco says Pennsylvania has the highest percentage of unemployed people eligible for benefits in the country. There's another bill awaiting legislative action, which would essentially refinance the $4-billion dollars in UC debt, which the state owes the federal government.
Does The PA Primary Matter?
In three Republican presidential contests so far, there have been three different winners in the race for the nomination. The Republican presidential race is still unpredictable according to Franklin and Marshall College political science professor Terry Madonna. He says voters have been unable to latch on to a single candidate, with five different polling leaders in six months. He thinks Pennsylvania could still play a key role, even with the late April primary. Newt Gingrich is the current front runner after his South Carolina victory.
Women's Right To Know Act
On the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, state representative Kathy Rapp is working to build momentum for a bill to help women be more informed when deciding whether to end a pregnancy. The Women's Right to Know Act would provide all pregnant women in Pennsylvania with the right to view an ultrasound of their babies when considering an abortion. The bill is expected to be considered in the near future by the House Health Committee.