Monthly Archives: August 2011

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Editor’s View

August 1, 2011
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One of our readers, who doesn’t have ready access to a computer, objected that most of the information in our Take Action section was lists of web sites. It was an important reminder to me that whenever possible we need to list phone numbers or other non-Internet based contact information, and we strive to do…

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Dear Editor,

August 1, 2011
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Dear Editor, I found your paper interesting but am skeptical of your motives. This is the first issue I have read, and it is clear to me what you are against. But what are you for? What would be a good way to make a living and have a vibrant local economy? Would it be…

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New “Kids” on the Block In Pennsylvania

August 1, 2011
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Up until last October, my wife and I lived in the Mid-Hudson Valley in New York, a half hour from Woodstock, possibly best known for Bob Dylan and having the 1969 music concert named after it. This part of the Mid-Hudson Valley is a beautiful area with many apple orchards, corn fields, wineries, and the…

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American Dream House Meetings

August 1, 2011
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To The Editor, I’ve been watching the nastiness of the Tea Party for two years and wanted to do something to gather together people who will support a more positive and respectful kind of civic action. So when MoveOn started a new program called “The American Dream”, I hosted one of 1500 house meetings held…

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By the Numbers: the Pennsylvania 2011-12 State Budget

August 1, 2011
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Amount of Pennsylvania’s budget surplus at the end of fiscal 2010-11 … $785.5 millionAmount of surplus predicted by Governor Corbett’s March budget proposal … $78 millionAmount of a year-end surplus available by law for appropriation in the next fiscal year … 75%Average monthly enrollment in Medical Assistance (MA, or Medicaid) in fiscal 2010-11 … 2,265,543Medical…

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Dark times: budget cuts hamper AIDS prevention

August 1, 2011
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We are all feeling the effects of the economy. Donations to all non-profits are on the decline. And unfortunately, AIDS Resource, the area’s only agency dedicated to eradicating the spread of HIV and STDs, is dealing with an unprecedented budget cut, which is leading to cuts in preventive services. Not only does AIDS Resource have…

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SPEAK OUT ON GAS DRILLING

August 1, 2011
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Participate in Shale Gas Outrage, a rally and conference to be held September 7 and 8, in Philadelphia. Go to shalegasoutrage.org or call (215) 391-1630.

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Political Internship openings

August 1, 2011
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Most political parties/ individual candidates have internships available. Interns learn the skills they need to go on to a career in politics, government, or elected offi ce. They get hands-on experience in all aspects of politics: how to raise the funds to run an organization, how to communicate with the press and voters, how to…

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Help Save the Loyalsock Creek

August 1, 2011
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SRBC seeks public comment on Chesapeake’s application. Anyone who lives, vacations, and/or travels along Route 87 and the Loyalsock, plus others concerned about the Commonwealth’s waterways and the Susquehanna Watershed, can leave comments on the SRBC site at srbc.net. The application can be viewed on www.srbc.net via the “Water Resources Portal.” Click “search for projects,”…

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HELP PROTECT OUR RIVERS

August 1, 2011
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Volunteer at one of these activities sponsored by the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership: Celebrate Our River Day Saturday, July 23, 3-8pm Tunkhannock Nature and Arts Festival Saturday, July 30, 9am-4pm Ned Smith Nature Center & MYO Park, Millersburg 5th Pine Creek to Jersey Shore Cleanup Saturday, August 13, 8:45am-12:45pm Jersey Shore The Sunbury River Festival August…

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SRBC Decision May Impact a Small Town Way of Life

August 1, 2011
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An application the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) is reviewing from Chesapeake Energy would have life-changing consequences for people in the Loyalsock Valley, in both Lycoming and Sullivan Counties. Chesapeake proposes to build a frack water filling station just off Route 87 at the edge of Hillsgrove and has applied to SRBC to withdraw 720,000…

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Mandatory drug testing in Loyalsock School District

August 1, 2011
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At their February 23 meeting, the Loyalsock Township School Board unanimously approved a random drug testing policy for grades six through 12. The policy requires students and parents to consent to random testing if the students wish to participate in extracurricular activities, play sports, or drive to school. Members of the community have met the…

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THE BIG NEWBERRY LET GO! Flea Market & Community Yard Sale

August 1, 2011
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The Newberry Community Partnership (NCP) will be sponsoring a Flea Market in Newberry Park on Saturday,September 17th 8 am to 2 pm [Rain Date: the following Saturday, Sept. 24th—same time & place.] Sellers can bring their own tables or sell from their trunk, van or truck. A limited number of tables are available for rent.…

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Consumer Tips: How to save money on local airfare

August 1, 2011
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As of July 27, it cost $252 to book a one-way flight from Williamsport through Philadelphia to Orlando, Florida, and $446 to book just from Williamsport to Philadelphia (through Kayak.com). Go figure. Cheaper flights exist for non-hub airports than airports dominated by a single carrier. So you can save money by booking a long-distance flight…

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