NEXT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER
The Pennsylvania College of Technology has announced James R Dougherty the Third as the next Executive Director of the Community Arts Center beginning earlier this week. He takes over the position from Chuck Still who had been with the center since January 2020. Dougherty has most recently served as Director of Computer and Media Services. He looks forward to working closely with local community.
JERSEY SHORE SCHOOL PARENTS VOCAL ABOUT MASKS
A crowd of people calling for the unmasking of students highlighted action at the Jersey Shore School Board Meeting this week. The meeting included parents of school children who claimed the masks are harmful to students. Others told the board they felt their rights were being trampled on by the state’s mask mandate. The School Board in Jersey Shore did vote to support an injunction filed by State Republicans and parents seeking to overturn the state wide mask mandate for schools.
WILLIAMSPORT CITY AND TAX OFFICE MOVED
The Williamsport City Treasurer and Tax Office has found a new home in Williamsport at 100 West Third Street. The new office entrance is on Pine Street directly across from the court house fountains. The office has 15 minute parking available along 3rd Street directly across from the M & T Bank Building.
STEP IN LYCOMING COUNTY
The Lycoming County Board of Commissioners approved funding for housing programs through STEP. Commissioner Tony Mussare voiced his concern for the reduction of funding for the, “Homes in Need” program. The program helps seniors who fall within a certain household income. The program was reduced from $300,000 to $225,000 this year. Funding comes through the Marcellus Shale Activity in the State which has gone down.
VIDEO SCOREBOARD TO BOWMAN FIELD
A video scoreboard is on its way to Bowman Field. The $630,000 videoboard is considered a win-win for the City of Williamsport and region. It was included in a list of stadium improvements that were to be paid for as part of the state redevelopment assistance capital program grant. The grant was approved by Governor Tom Wolf and the State Office of Budget.
MASKING OF STUDENTS HOT TOPIC LATE FOR MONTOURSVILLE AREA SCHOOL BOARD
The Montoursville Area School Board was burning the midnight oil when they finally adjourned their meeting at one minute before midnight. The board heard from many district residences, mostly on the issue of masking the students. The nearly five hour virtual meeting included remarks from people opposed to masks and people who called for the resignation of board members and Superintendent Christa Basson. School Officials repeatedly made it clear they cannot simply go against the state order without facing legal action.