April 26th, 2012
Back in February, Governor Tom Corbett unveiled a $27.1 billion state budget proposal that held the line on taxes while making deep cuts in higher education assistance.
The spending plan is reportedly only a 1-percent decrease from last year's budget; however, Corbett's initial plan calls for cuts of over $300 million from 14 state-owned universities and a small reduction in funding for public schools.
According to David Mitchell, the current director of Corbett's northwest regional office out of Erie, the proposed budget continues to be the hot topic in Harrisburg.
SYKESVILLE â€“ As the parent of a child with autism, Lisa Witherite of Sykesville is part of a rapidly increasing group. With autism diagnoses up sharply in the U.S., 23 percent over two years according to a Center for Disease Control study, more parents than ever before are faced with the difficulties associated with raising an autistic child.
WILCOX â€“ During a recent East Branch Dam Safety Initiative meeting, residents and various agency personnel were notified about new updates to the project.
"We're considering for this project a community information system. We've done this at some of our other projects. It will be voluntary and will be a 9-1-1 type number, although it is not an emergency line," said Mike Rattay, project manager.
The system consists of an automated calling list which will contact people in the evening to announce public meetings, construction activities, road closures, and other events.
Richard C. Fannin, 69, of Clearfield died on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at the Altoona Regional Medical Center.
He was born on April 19, 1943 in Ridgway, a son of the late Richard P. and Frances (Cover) Fannin.
Mr. Fannin had been most recently employed at the Tool Shed, Clearfield.Â Previously, he had retired as a submarine sailor from the U.S. Navy in 1987 after beginning his service in 1961.
He was a member of Clearfield Veterans of Foreign Wars F. Michael Sicks Post #1785 and the American Legion John Lewis Shade Post #6, Clearfield, and also a member of the Fleet Reserve Association.
Two brothers had Ridgway's only two hits which led to Ridgway's only two runs of the game and one victory for the Elker baseball team.
Sam and Josh Roselli had RBI singles in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively as Ridgway was able to secure a 2-1, 8-inning win over Elk County Catholic Wednesday afternoon at Sandy Beach Recreational Park.
"I guess it was a good day for the Roselli family all the way around," Ridgway coach Mark Morelli said.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Rams turned in a dominating 7-2 win Wednesday afternoon on the tennis courts in Johnsonburg against visiting DuBois Central Catholic, including a 4-for-5 showing in singles action.
Officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] held a quarterly full board meeting Wednesday afternoon, with workforce development dominating the conversation.
Key North Central officials were joined by U.S. Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson (R-5) via teleconference as the legislator highlighted H.R. 4297, the Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg baseball remained undefeated with an 11-1, 5-inning victory over Kane Wednesday at Knothole Area Recreational Park.
Johnsonburg was fueled by an 8-run fourth inning which put the Rams in position for the 10-run rule.
On Wednesday, April 18, the U.S. House of Representatives passed another 90-day extension of surface transportation programs. House leaders plan to use the extension legislation as a vehicle to begin a conference committee with the U.S. Senate, which has already approved a two-year, $109 billion reauthorization bill.
The House measure extends federal-aid highway, safety, transit, and other programs funded by the Highway Trust Fund at Fiscal Year 2011 levels in lieu of a new, multiyear reauthorization.
ST. MARYS â€“ With the completion of the Letters From Home program, volunteers recollected their various experiences with the organization throughout its nine-year history.
On Sunday, Letters From Home held its final letter-stuffing, followed by a retirement ceremony inside the Sacred Heart Parish Center in St. Marys, where the organization has been headquartered since its founding.