LANCASTER – Students around our region are gearing up for See You At The Pole next Wednesday. For over 25 years, the annual event encourages students to come together in prayer around their school’s flagpole. It’s a time committed to global unity and prayer for this generation, and will have students in every time zone gathering at their flagpoles and praying for their school, friends, families, churches, and communities. “Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus” is this year’s theme from Hebrews 12:2. For more information, you can visit www.syatp.com.
MOUNT JOY – If you enjoy quilting, you may wish to volunteer for Global Aid Network’s annual Quilt Camp running next week at the GAiN Logistics Center at 1506 Quarry Road in Mount Joy, Lancaster County. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, September 25 through Thursday, the 28th and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, the 29th. Volunteers will help prepare all stages of quilts to be completed during GAiN’s October Mission Packing Project. GAiN receives requests around the world for food, medical supplies, and especially blankets and quilts. Volunteers are asked to bring at least two yards of new 100% cotton quilting fabric to help with supplies. Volunteers are asked to bring a bagged lunch if you stay the entire day, and wear closed toed shoes. To RSVP or for more information, call 717-285-4220 or email email@example.com.
HARRISBURG – Members of PA Task Force One, Urban Search and Rescue Task Force returned to their home station in Philadelphia after several weeks on federal deployment to assist first responders after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Hurricane Irma hit Florida. Five members remain deployed as part of a federal Incident Support Team currently stationed in San Juan, Puerto Rico to provide support to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricane Maria. Their mission is to coordinate operations of federal resources currently on the ground there. The team has the capability to conduct water rescues and consists of highly trained personnel in search and rescue such as heavy rigging and structural specialists, hazardous materials, specialized communications, medical personnel, and canine handlers, as well as staff who will aid the team with ground support once they arrive on site. It is not known how long deployed members will remain in Puerto Rico.
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP – Dauphin County authorities are investigating vandalism to a church. Yesterday morning, officers responded to the 6000 block of Jonestown Road and found four similar spray painted markings or “tags” in various places on the south side of the building. Police were advised the vandalism took place between August 18-29. Anyone with information is asked to contact Lower Paxton Township Police at 717-657-5656.
BOILING SPRINGS (AP) – The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a worker at an Amazon warehouse in South Middleton Township, Cumberland County. Coroner Charles Hall says 28-year-old Devan Shoemaker of Millerstown was killed when he was run over by a truck at the facility about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday. Shoemaker helping a truck driver hook up a trailer to his rig when he was accidentally run over. OSHA spokeswoman Joanna Hawkins says the agency has six months to complete its investigation. Another worker was killed at the same warehouse in 2014 after being pinned between a pallet truck and a storage rack.
HAMBURG (AP) – State Police say three juveniles were arrested in connection with rocks thrown from an overpass above Interstate 78 in Berks County that damaged several vehicles. The three have been charged with propulsion of missiles, simple assault, reckless endangerment, and criminal mischief. Authorities said one of the rocks thrown from an overpass in Upper Tulpehocken Township early Sunday was big enough to damage the undercarriage of one car.
HARRISBURG – The PA Senate voted 43-7 to non-concur with a House passed revenue bill. A conference committee will now be appointed to iron out a final fiscal code component. Lancaster County Sen. Ryan Aument voted to non-concur and said the way they approach developing a budget must change. He said we can not continue to increase state spending and support bigger government with a one-time use of funds as revenue. He supports the House view that their should not be new taxes and enact pro growth economic policies that will generate revenue through enhanced economic activity. Aument added that he feared that continuing down a path of short term solutions will only serve as a barrier to economic opportunity in Pennsylvania. A conference committee made up of members representing the General Assembly’s four caucuses is created when the state House and Senate are deadlocked on developing language for a bill. Once a compromise is reached, the committee will submit a report to the two chambers for an up or down vote.
HARRISBURG (AP) – The Keystone State’s credit rating is taking a hit as credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s lowered its rating on Pennsylvania’s debt. That’s the second downgrade in three years as budget makers have struggled to pull the state out of a deficit. Pennsylvania is now rated even lower among states, sliding to the bottom five rated by Standard and Poor’s. The downgrade means Pennsylvania will pay more to borrow money, potentially tens of millions of dollars a year. The PA House and Senate are divided over whether to raise taxes as lawmakers look to borrow $1 billion or more to help bail the state out of a $2.2 billion projected deficit.
HARRISBURG – At a time when Pennsylvania has a $2 billion plus budget deficit, state taxpayer money shouldn’t be wasted. That’s the sentiment behind a bill introduced by Montgomery County Rep. Michael Corr. House Bill 1614 was generated in response to a report released last year by the Auditor General that the state Department of Human Services (DHS) provided nearly $700,000 in welfare benefits to at least 2,300 individuals who had been dead for 60 days. Corr said his bill would require DHS to increase the frequency of death records checks to ensure scarce state benefit dollars are more effectively utilized. The bill is currently before the state House Health Committee for consideration.
HARRISBURG – PA high school student Chloe Kondrich demonstrates quite clearly how Down Syndrome lives matter. In her short life, she has served as an ambassador for those with special needs, helping public officials recognize the gifts and talents that people with Down Syndrome have to offer. Chloe was among those gathered at the state Capitol Tuesday for a news conference promoting a resolution that recognizes the inherent value and dignity of children with an extra chromosome. Senate Resolution 174, sponsored by Lancaster County Sen. Scott Martin, condemns the abortion of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Maria Gallagher, Education Director with the PA Pro Life Federation, says such abortions must end. She added that the lives of Down Syndrome children matter a great deal to families, schools, communities, and companies across the Commonwealth and it’s time for the discrimination against these valuable individuals to end.