WRITE-IN VOTES COUNTED AND COMPLETE IN LYCOMING COUNTY
The Lycoming County vote is now official and complete, winners in the November election for school board and municipal seats are now decided. According to Forrest Lehman, county voter services director, the official count had no glaring discrepancies. According to Sun Gazette, the vote totals are not official until the completion of the last official count and state law mandates an official count following each election. Write in winners include those for borough council, township supervisors and school boards. They included; Jersey Shore Area School District• Jessie L. Edwards, Region 1, Picture Rocks Borough Mayor• David L. Bender, and South Williamsport Borough Council• Richard A. Kershner Jr., Two-Year Term were just a few of those decided recently.
LIFE INSURANCE FOR PA NATIONAL GUARD LEGISLATION
On November 10, legislation to expand life insurance for members of the Pennsylvania National Guard, HB 1612, unanimously passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Title 51 allows for a voluntary life insurance program for service members of the Pennsylvania National Guard. That program is under the Service member’s Group Life Insurance, also known as SGLI. Under existing Pennsylvania law, the SGLI is applicable under the following duty statuses: Federal activation for a period of 30 days or more for combat operations and combat zones, known as Title 10 orders, or State Activation for active duty for emergencies within Pennsylvania known as EMAC orders. HB 1612 addresses a shortcoming in the type of active duty not currently covered under state statute. My legislation addresses Federal Activation to assist in an Emergency in another state or Federal jurisdiction, known as Title 32 orders. My bill will ensure that members of the PA National Guard will have life insurance coverage under all types of active duty orders. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
EDUCATION LEGISLATION IN HOUSE BILL 1041
Recognizing that education is not a one-size-fits-all solution for every child, the House last week advanced legislation that would give parents and students the ability to design a more individualized educational model. House Bill 1041 would permit home education students to attend up to four academic classes during a school day and participate in co-curricular activities, such as marching band, as well as have access to programs offered at career and technical education centers. Enabling parents to supplement their children’s home education courses with classes offered by their local public school, as well as to participate in co-curricular activities, would maximize the academic potential for those children. House Bill 1041 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
CLICK IT OR TICKET
Pine Creek Township Police Department today announced that they will partner to participate in a national “Click It or Ticket” Seat Belt Enforcement initiative from November 15 through November 28, 2021. The goal is to reduce unbelted injuries and deaths on Pennsylvania highways through coordinated enforcement using Traffic Enforcement Zones and Roving Patrols. Traffic Enforcement Zones combine stationary enforcement and checkpoint tactics on roadways with high numbers of unbuckled crashes. Citations will be issued to motorists who are caught unbuckled or transporting unrestrained children. According to PennDOT data there were 12,562 unrestrained crashes that resulted in 330 fatalities in 2019.
CHRONIC WASTING EVENT BY PA GAME COMMISSION
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is hosting an open house to inform the public about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The event is set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 18th, at the Tri County Church, 1881 Old State Hwy 255, DuBois PA 15801. To limit spread of CWD, the Game Commission has enacted special regulations in several spots around Pennsylvania. These areas are known as Disease Management Areas (DMAs). There are five DMAs across the state. The newest, DMA 6, was created in response to a CWD-positive road-killed deer found outside of Brockway PA. It covers around 100 square miles over parts of Clearfield and Elk County. Regulations within DMA – which include bans on feeding deer, using or possessing cervid urine-based attractants, and moving high-risk deer parts – are to limit the spread of the disease.
WINTER DRIVING IN PENNSYLVANIA
With winter weather here, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) encourages motorists to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com.PennDOT maintains nearly 40,000 miles of state-administered roadway and 25,400 bridges, which translates to approximately 95,000 snow lane miles. During the winter months, the public can find plow-truck locations and details of when the state-maintained roadways were last treated by selecting the “Plow Trucks” in 511PA. Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.
AUTOPSY SET FOR TODAY FOR CLINTON COUNTY PRISON DEATH
The investigation continues, according to therecordonline.com, the Clinton County Coroner Zack Hanna distributed a press release. It reads … In regards to the death investigation of Ms. Jamie Jackson, who died at UPMC Lock Haven Hospital on November 14, 2021, the autopsy examination procedure is scheduled to be performed on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at Mt. Nittany Medical Center, State College, PA. Ms. Jackson’s cause and manner of death will remain pending until full autopsy results are available.
SENATE BILL 275 BANNING SPECIFIC FUEL SOURCES
It is legislation that is designed to prevent municipalities from the banning of specific fuel sources and it was passed by the Pennsylvania Senate. Senate Bill 275, according to the center square, is set up to prevent an “unworkable patchwork” of restrictions that, if left unchecked, could expand through the commonwealth’s over 2,500 municipalities. The bill, sponsored by Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Chair Gene Yaw, R-Williamsport, stressed that both businesses and homeowners would be able to access any energy source, these could include wind, natural gas, solar and others. The bill now travels to the House for further consideration.
LOCAL COVID-19 CASES
The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Monday reported new COVID-19 cases. Clinton County reported ten new cases. In Centre County 37 new cases were recorded. Lycoming County added 32 new cases. Tioga County had 16 new cases. On Monday, there were 27 new cases in Northumberland County, 13 in Union and six in Snyder. There were no new cases in Montour County.
THE INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTIMENT AND JOBS ACT
Governor Tom Wolf joined fellow governors and President Joe Biden today at the White House as the president signed the historic, bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law. The new law will provide, over the next five years, more than $13 billion to address roads and bridges, $2.8 billion for public transportation, $100 million to expand high-speed internet access, and more to Pennsylvania.
NO TAX INCREASE IN LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP FOR EARLY VERSION OF BUDGET
It was a unanimous, 5-0 vote that allowed their 2022 General Fund Budget to be set on public display. Loyalsock Township Supervisors, in a recent meeting, noted the current real estate tax, which is set at .5 mill, will remain the same for 2022. According to Township Manager, Bill Burdett, all of the townships current services and programs will be offered without the increase in rates or fees. According to SUN Gazette, a beginning balance of $2.1 million for the general fund, coupled with 2022 revenues and added expenses, Supervisors estimate a year end balance of $2.2 million.
LOCK HAVEN CITY POLICE LOOKING FOR ASSISTANCE
Lock Haven City Police are requesting assistance with information from Sunday, Nov. 14th at 5:30 PM; a pedestrian was struck in the intersection of Bellefonte Ave and Commerce St. in Lock Haven. The striking vehicle, a dark color SUV, did not stop and fled the scene south on Commerce St then turned Left onto W Bald Eagle St. The pedestrian suffered injuries in the crash and has since been released from the hospital. Anyone with information on the vehicle or driver involved in the crash is asked to contact Lock Haven Police Dept.
DOUBLE FATAL ACCIDENT ON ROUTE 220
Wednesday around 12:45 p.m. on Route 220, a crash took the lives of two elderly residents of Hughesville. Alda H. Molyneux, 86, and Arthur J. Molyneux, 82, died when their vehicle collided with another on Route 220 near the intersection with Slow Hand Drive, according to northcentralpa.com. A 10-year-old was flown by Geisinger Life Flight to GMC Danville. The driver of the other vehicle, Jessica Liuzza-Charles, of Hughesville, was transported to UPMC. The accident remains under investigation.