LANCASTER – Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer. It is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Harry Truman. The theme for 2016 is “Wake Up, America”emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to return to the God of our Fathers in reverence for His Holy Name. This year’s Scripture is Isaiah 58:1a: “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.” Many prayer events are being planned around our region. Lancaster County, York County, Harrisburg, and many other locations will be holding activities with a focus on prayer for ourselves and our nation. You can find events in your area by going to www.nationaldayofprayer.org. Listings of activities in Lancaster County can be found at www.lancasterndp.com. Activities in York County can be found at www.yorkprayernetwork.net.
MOUNT JOY – Volunteers are needed to share the warmth of God’s love around the world as Global Aid Network will be holding a camp to make quilts for the needy. Ellen Olson with GAiN says their Quilt camp is from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, May 9-12 and from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 13 at the Global Aid Network logistics Center at 1506 Quarry Road in Mount Joy, Lancaster County. To volunteer, or if you have questions, call 717-285-4220. If you plan to attend, you are asked to bring along two yards of new 100% cotton quilting fabric to help with supplies.
HARRISBURG – Legislation to guarantee that all Pennsylvania schools would continue to be funded at the previous year’s appropriation level in the event of a budget impasse was approved by the House Education Committee. Bill sponsor, Rep. Dave Hickernell of Lancaster & Dauphin Counties said administrators, taxpayers, and students should not be held hostage when lawmakers and the Governor cannot agree on spending priorities. House Bill 1159 is now awaiting consideration by the full House.
HARRISBURG – Two pieces of legislation have been introduced that would eliminate one of the perks given to elected state officials and make members of the General Assembly more accountable. House Bill 2027 would require all legislators to contribute 10% of the costs of their health insurance coverage starting January 2017. Currently, members contribute 1% of their annual salary toward their health care coverage. House Bill 2024 would eliminate the automatic cost of living adjustments for members of the General Assembly, judges, and various elected and appointed positions of the executive branch, including the governor and lieutenant governor.
LANCASTER – Authorities released a video of an armed robbery of a Turkey Hill at 460 S. Duke Street that happened at 11:07 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27. The suspect was armed with a handgun at the time of the robbery. You can watch the video below. If you recognize the suspect, contact Lancaster Police at 717-735-3301.
HARRISBURG – A resolution recognizing this Thursday as “National Day of Prayer” in Pennsylvania has passed the state Senate. Blair County Sen. John Eichelberger co-sponsored the resolution. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Harry Truman. This year’s theme is “Wake Up, America,” emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to return to the God of our Fathers in reverence for His Holy Name. This year’s Scripture is Isaiah 58:1a: “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.” Lancaster County, York County, Harrisburg, and many other locations will be holding activities with an emphasis on prayer. You can find events in your area by going to www.nationaldayofprayer.org. Listings of activities in Lancaster County can be found at www.lancasterndp.com. Activities in York County can be found at www.yorkprayernetwork.net.
HARRISBURG – The PA House approved a bill by a 179-20 vote that allows for the display of the national motto “In God We Trust” and the Bill of Rights in classrooms and other areas in public school buildings. Indiana County Rep. Cris Dush sponsored the legislation which allows school boards and administrations to decide on their own if they wish to post the national motto and Bill of Rights. House Bill 1640 now goes before the state Senate.
HARRISBURG – Legislation designed to improve the knowledge of history and civics in Pennsylvania is being proposed in Harrisburg. Lackawanna County Rep. Karen Boback says civics education is an important issue to her as a former educator, a mother, and now a legislator. She says our young people today face a crisis of knowledge with respect to their understanding of our country and its founding documents. House Bill 1858 would require high school students to pass a test on basic facts of U.S. history and civics. Nine other states currently have similar requirements for their graduates. House Bill 1858 is a bipartisan initiative currently awaiting a hearing in the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.
HOLTWOOD (AP) – Talen Energy is getting zapped over its decision to close a popular park in Lancaster County. The company abruptly booted the public from the Holtwood Picnic & Recreation Area. Then the company defended the closure in social media posts, which only fanned the flames of outrage. Residents are banding together to fight the Allentown-based company that was spun off from utility giant PPL. Residents plan to keep up the heat. Several park boosters have defied the no-trespassing sign to mow and weed-whack, and, this weekend, they’re planning a “community picnic” at the park. A Facebook page devoted to the effort to keep the park open has generated over 5,000 likes.
HERSHEY (AP) – The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office is seeking the resignation of three board members at the Milton Hershey School for disadvantaged children. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the resignations would amount to an overhaul of the 10-member board that runs one of the nation’s richest charities. The attorney general’s office is asking the Hershey Trust to reduce board compensation and wants members to pay for a conflict-of-interest investigation. A spokesman for the office says the letter pertains to a 2013 settlement agreement over an investigation into the costly purchase of a golf course to serve as buffer zone for the private boarding school. The Hershey School is the sole beneficiary of the trust’s $12 billion in assets. The charity owns HersheyPark and a controlling interest in the Hershey chocolate company.