East Coast Invitational Basketball Tournament is back!

The East Coast Invitational Basketball Tournament is back! ECI Director, Wells Gulledge announced the news on Thursday afternoon.

“2021 ECI Team Camp will be June 24-27 in Jacksonville NC.
Please send your HS Team’s interest to ecicamp@hotmail.com.
This is our 20th year anniversary and we are excited to be playing again!!
Please note we will be following all Covid and Health Department guidelines at all facilities.
We look forward to hearing from you!”
TalkWilliamsport.com will be joining the 20th year anniversary celebration with extensive broadcast coverage. Broadcast announcers and game schedules will be announced at a later date.
Gulledge added, “to have Todd Bartley and his team be a part of the premier team camp on the east coast providing multi-media coverage of our games is tremendous for our players, coaches, parents, fans and sponsors.”
Bartley served in the capacity of television play-by-play broadcaster for ECI in 2019 and was preparing to reprise that role in 2020 until ECI was canceled due to COVID-19.
According to Bartley, “covering ECI is like old home week for me. Being in a different state, yet so close with social media; all of those friendships are enjoyed with the mutual love of basketball. The level of competition is literally through the roof. ECI alumni are currently in the NBA as former lottery picks. Seeing the future stars of college basketball, the NBA as well as future coaches and difference makers in society making their way is truly special.”

This is a developing story on TalkWilliamsport.com.

PIAA Provides Return to Competition: Individual Sport Considerations

On Wednesday, the PIAA provided member schools with “Return to Competition: Individual Sport Considerations”.

The document can be found here.

It was developed referencing Orders and Guidelines from the Following Resources:
National Federation of State High School Associations
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Sports Medicine Advisory Committee

This is a developing story on TalkWilliamsport.com.

 

Congressman Fred Keller stands up to partisan power grab, votes NO on H.R. 1

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) released the following statement on his opposition to H.R. 1, another partisan bill more focused on increasing government control than fighting COVID-19 and getting America back on track:

Congressman Keller speaks with the press in the Cannon Rotunda on H.R. 1

“Tonight, Congress voted on yet another hyper-partisan bill which Speaker Pelosi calls the “For the People Act.” This bill can more accurately be called the “For the Politicians Act,” because it is designed to centralize power in Washington, D.C., use public funds—including American tax dollars—for political attack ads, and take away the rights of state legislatures to determine election procedures. This bill follows job-killing Executive Orders, a reckless $1.9 trillion progressive bailout, and legislation attacking religious freedoms, proving that Washington Democrats are more interested in advancing political messaging bills than working in a bipartisan manner on behalf of the American people.”

Background:

H.R. 1 is a sweeping federal rewrite of our election system which:

  1. Allows first-ever federal funding of campaigns, creating a 6:1 government match to any small donor contributions of $200 or less in a congressional or presidential campaign – meaning for every $200, the federal government will match $1,200 – and establishing a new voucher pilot program that grants eligible voters a $25 publicly-funded voucher to donate to any campaign of their choosing.
  1. Nationalizes elections and centralizes administration in Washington, D.C. by impeding states’ ability to determine their registration and voting practices, as protected under Article 1, Section 4 of the Constitution, mandating ethics standards for the Supreme Court, violating the separation of powers, and forcing a one-size-fits-all redistricting process on all 50 states.
  1. Forces states to permanently expand mail-in voting, legalize ballot harvesting, and disregard voter ID laws.
  1. Politicizes the Federal Election Commission by altering the current bipartisan makeup of the six-member commission to a partisan five-member commission.
  1. Limits free speech and impose vague standards that disadvantage all groups who wish to advocate on behalf of any legislative issue, specifically requiring them to disclose the names of donors who donate above a certain threshold.
  1. Weaponizes the IRS by permitting the agency to investigate and consider the political and policy persuasions of organizations before granting tax-exempt status.

Evangelical Community Hospital, Geisinger, and Department of Justice Reach Agreement

LEWISBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital, Geisinger, and the Department of Justice today announced that the three parties have reached an agreement on a proposed final judgment that will allow Geisinger to maintain a minority investment in Evangelical. The judgement resolves the underlying Department of Justice lawsuit filed in August 2020.

“Evangelical can best continue to meet the needs of our community by remaining an independent, community hospital and by using Geisinger’s financial support to strengthen our facilities, technology, and services,” said Kendra Aucker, President and CEO, Evangelical Community Hospital.

Under terms of the agreement, which are pending a public comment period and final court decision in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania later this year, Geisinger would maintain a minority investment in Evangelical.

Geisinger’s investment supports Evangelical’s expansion project known as PRIME, the Patient Room Improvement, Modernization, and Enhancement project, and a renovated intensive care unit.

Today’s agreement paves the way for Evangelical services to continue at tier 1 status in the Geisinger Health Plan, meaning individuals with that coverage do not face higher out-of-pocket costs when seeking their care at Evangelical.

Aucker stressed the agreement confirms Evangelical’s independence.

About Evangelical

Evangelical is a non-profit organization that employs nearly 1,900 individuals and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 132 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Lycoming Counties.

BOP Reform Caucus, local stakeholders highlight need for greater accountability within America’s federal prison system

Washington, D.C. – A week after reintroducing the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Reform Caucus in the 117th Congress, Chair Rep. Fred Keller (PA-12), 10 other caucus members, and local prison stakeholders released the following statements on the importance of the caucus and the work ahead to bring needed operational changes to the BOP:

 

BOP Reform Caucus Chair, Rep. Fred Keller (PA-12):

“I am proud to lead this bipartisan caucus in the 117th Congress and continue to build on our work to bring needed reforms to the Bureau of Prisons, advocate for the men and women who operate and secure our federal prisons every day, and keep our communities safe. This pandemic has brought to light many failures in the BOP’s operations, including detrimental inmate transfer policies, staffing shortages, and agency retention issues. The various backgrounds and experiences of the members of this caucus will enable us to better tackle these issues on behalf of the American people.”

 

Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12):

“Now more than ever, it is critical that we work to ensure our correctional officers have the resources and support they need to do their jobs safely and effectively. I look forward to continuing our work to address these concerns and bring about meaningful reforms to the BOP.”

 

Rep. Larry Bucshon, MD (IN-08):

“I am proud to rejoin the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Reform Caucus for the 117th Congress. After representing Indiana’s 8th Congressional District which houses the Federal Correction Complex, Terre Haute for over a decade, I know the many challenges facing the hardworking Hoosiers that work at these facilities. Some of the challenges include agency-wide reductions in staffing, a lack of transparency and accountability in BOP operations and operating in outdated facilities that make complying with COVID-19 protocols dangerous to staff and prisoners alike. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the BOP Reform Caucus to address these critical challenges and to continue supporting the men and women that help keep us safe.”

 

Rep. Glenn Grothman (WI-06):

“I have toured the Federal Correctional Institution in Oxford, WI, which is part of the Bureau of Prisons, a few times and many of its employees live in my district. I enjoy speaking with the employees and I often receive feedback on ways the operations can be improved and redundancies that would save employees both time and money if eliminated. These hard-working correctional officers do a great job and know the prison system. If they have an idea on how to improve their workplace, it is my duty as their representative in Washington to follow up on it. I look forward to working with Congressman Keller and the bipartisan Bureau of Prison Reform Caucus to find solutions on how to improve the Bureau of Prisons.”

 

Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-15):

“I’m proud to be an original member of the Bureau of Prison Reform Caucus to bolster transparency, accountability, and most importantly, the safety of corrections officers and inmates alike. Now more than ever, the work of the Caucus is needed to address the impact COVID-19 has had on our prison systems and how to mitigate these sorts of health crises in the future.”

 

Rep. Andy Kim (NJ-03):

“This caucus right now is more important than ever as we continue to see the COVID-19 pandemic hit our BOP facility hard. The impact the pandemic has had on the people in our community who serve at these facilities, and the inmates housed there, requires the kind of diligent oversight this caucus provides. I look forward to continuing my work with my bipartisan colleagues to make real changes to the BOP system.”

 

Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21):

“The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is a massive government agency that badly needs reform, greater accountability, and more transparency. As the representative of thousands of correctional officers in my district, I am proud to advocate on their behalf and join my fellow colleagues in the Bureau of Prisons Reform Congressional Caucus in providing Congressional oversight over the BOP to do just that.”

 

Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13):

“Tens of thousands of corrections officers in the Federal Bureau of Prisons show up to work every day and do their part to make our criminal justice system work and keep our communities safe. Given the large size of the agency and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected federal correctional facilities, the Bureau is in need of additional Congressional oversight to keep both the employees, their families, and inmates safe. I look forward to working with the bipartisan group of lawmakers in the BOP Reform Caucus to ensure the essential workers in the Bureau have the tools and resources they need to safely do their jobs.”

Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-08):

“I look forward to continuing our work together on this bipartisan BOP Reform Caucus. As the Appropriations subcommittee chair that funds the federal prison system and as a member of this group, I am committed to improving operations at BOP in order to ensure the health, safety and security of staff and inmates at corrections facilities across the country, including USP Canaan in Northeastern Pennsylvania.”

Rep. Pete Stauber (MN-08):

“As a former law enforcement officer, I know how important it is to ensure our corrections officers have the resources necessary to safely and effectively perform their jobs. That’s why I am proud to serve on the BOP reform caucus in the 117th Congress and continue fighting for the heroes who work every day in federal prisons across the nation.”

Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14):

“TX-14 is home to the Beaumont Federal Correctional Complex (FCC Beaumont). Through the pandemic, hurricanes, and other extreme weather events that have occurred, the inmates and staff at FCC Beaumont have endured a lot. The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has needed – and continues to need – to step up to support staff in the wake of these events that have stretched the workforce so thin. These men and women working at FCC Beaumont must be compensated and treated fairly for their work, and the inmates housed at the complex must be ensured their rights under law. I am excited to work with the BOP reform caucus to institute real, meaningful change this Congress.”

 

Shane Fausey, National President, Council of Prison Locals:

“The reintroduction of the BOP Reform Caucus could not have come at a more defining moment in the history of the Bureau of Prisons.  Whatever events that have led this agency into the staffing crisis we are currently in are secondary to fixing the major issues hindering the success of our agency.  I truly believe with a collaborative effort of the BOP Reform Caucus, the National Council of Prison Locals, and the Bureau of Prisons leadership, ultimately, can result in adequate staffing, proper funding, and sufficient resources to ensure that we continue to protect our communities, properly prepare offenders for reintegration into society, and protect and support our Federal Correctional Law Enforcement professionals.”  

 

A.E. Kline, Local 148 President, USP Lewisburg:

On behalf of all the staff at USP Lewisburg, we are very thankful for the BOP Reform Caucus and to finally have much needed oversight of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and their budget. For years now the BOP staff have been asked to constantly do more and more with less and less but the Agency budget always continues to climb year to year. This Reform Caucus could not have come at a better time and it is our sincere hope that it brings a brighter and, most importantly, safer future for all BOP staff.”

Background:

In February, The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its 2021 report entitled, “Opportunities Exist to Better Analyze Staffing Data and Improve Employee Wellness Programs.” The findings from this report showed clear inconsistencies within the BOP’s data collection systems and an inability to use this data to improve agency policies and operations. Specifically, the report outlined flaws with BOP’s staffing methodology, its plan for identifying staffing shortages, and agency retention issues.

The GAO report—paired with the BOP’s negligent inmate transfer policies throughout the pandemic is a clear indication of the need for the BOP Reform Caucus in the new session.

Members of the BOP Reform Caucus include Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-15), Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-08), Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Congressman Rodney Davis (IL-13), Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03), Congressman Mike Bost (IL-12), Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08), Congressman Larry Bucshon (IN-08), Congressman Glenn Grothman (WI-06), and Congressman Randy Weber (TX-14).

OP-ED: Another Embarrassing Display of Willful Ignorance by the WASD school board

Pictured: Standing from left is Patrick Dixon, Barbara Reeves, Marc Schefsky, Star Poole and Adam Welteroth.

Seated from left is President Lori Baer, Vice President Dr. Jane Penman,

Dr. Nancy Story Somers and Jennifer Lake.

Todd Bartley, TalkWilliamsport.com

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The following is an opinion editorial addressing the colossal failures on display by the WASD school board and Superintendent, Dr. Timothy Bowers.

Tuesday evening would have been a perfect time for the WASD school board and Superintendent, Dr. Timothy Bowers to begin admitting their colossal failure regarding the Myrtle Beach incident.

But as WAHS graduate, member of the 2018 WAHS baseball, who was on the Myrtle Beach trip and is a teacher in the Buffalo (NY) City School system shared in “A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART IX” –

“They’d kill to be a part of a legendary community that sticks together until the end.”

Apparently, Dr. Bowers and the rest of the WASD school board are subscribing to the same mindset.

Since you ALL subscribe to it, you can ALL resign!

 

MILLIONAIRE BASEBALL PLAYER CODY SHIMP IN HIS OWN WORDS

After not responding to a request for comment prior to the publication of Part VIII of “A Baseball Story”, Talk Williamsport with the interest of the public in mind and in complete transparency provide now former Millionaire player Cody Shimp the opportunity to allow his personal Facebook publicly posted thread from September 7, 2018 to speak for itself.

When Shimp says, “No foolish sports writer” does he mean this author bringing to light as WASD Solicitor Fred Holland and the “WASD Official Statement” is quoted as saying “indecent and inappropriate behavior” as it relates to one of Shimp’s teammates in Myrtle Beach?

When Shimp further offers, “No ignorant parents because their kid wasn’t good enough to play for the program” does he mean athletic ability level dictates whether a player as JOHN DOE #1 experienced, become the victim of “indecent and inappropriate behavior”?

“No ignorant parents”, is Shimp saying the parents of the victims should never bring to light what happened to their children?

Is he also saying no one else should bring it up? “No uneducated people in the community”.

Shimp offers insight into the Millionaire mindset he learned, “I learned that as being a Williamsport Millionaire, your (sic) always under the spotlight. You ever hear of any other stories coming out about other local schools?

No.

That’s because people are jealous of us. They won’t admit it, but they are.

They’d kill to be a part of a legendary community that sticks together until the end.”

If nothing happened in Myrtle Beach in 2018, why would a “legendary community that sticks together until the end” need to stay silent on the matter?

At this writing, the 3-year anniversary of the 2018 Myrtle Beach trip is just 3 weeks away.

 

FAILING TO ACKNOWLGED THE VERY POLICY – WASD SCHOOL BOARD WAS SET TO VOTE ON

Back to Tuesday evening, the WASD school board president Lori Baer glossed over the “Board Policy” that was set for a first reading.

The “Board Policy”, as noted in BREAKING NEWS: Is the WASD finally acknowledging Myrtle Beach victims with new policy?”

Talkwilliamsport.com in reviewing the March 2, 2021 WASD school board meeting agenda; came across what could be the first step taken in acknowledging the Myrtle Beach “victims” with a new policy being adopted.

The proposed policy is titled “Discipline of Student Convicted/Adjudicated of Sexual Assault”.

Under section number #6 and labeled “BOARD POLICY” and “Questions may be directed to Dr. Bowers”; the proposed policy reads as follows:

BOARD POLICY
Questions may be directed to Dr. Bowers.

6.1 Consider approving the first reading of new policy 218.3

“Discipline of Student Convicted/Adjudicated of Sexual Assault”

of the Williamsport Area School District Board policy

based on new School Code section 24 P.S. 1318.1, and renumbering of current Board policy on

“Gangs” to 218.4 as a clerical revision to align with PSBA recommended numbering system.

 

The proposed policy arrives little more than two weeks after the bombshell report published on February 15, 2021 by TalkWilliamsport.com; BREAKING NEWS: WAHS student criminally charged by South Carolina authorities in 2018 baseball team incident.”

On Tuesday evening, when WASD school board president Lori Baer asked for discussion on the “Board Policy”; WASD Superintendent, Dr. Timothy Bowers inexplicably uttered the following: “nothing really to discuss.”

So nearly, 3 years to the day of “criminal sexual misconduct” occurring in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and as recently as two weeks ago; actual charges were filed in the case, the WASD is still sticking to the narrative of not acknowledging victims.

If New York Governor Andrew Cuomo thinks he has it bad now with all the allegations he is facing, Dr. Bowers, Bair, Shimp and company may tell him; “hold our beers.” 

This is a story, Chris Cuomo if CNN (the Governor’s brother) would actually be allowed to cover!

Let this sink in just for a moment; an entire school board, superintendent, assistant superintendent, board secretary and others sat SILENT.

NO ONE spoke up to even read what was listed on the board agenda as a first reading.

 

BACKGROUND ON THE BOARD POLICY

The law the commonly referred to as Act 110 of 2020 began as Senate Bill 530 which was signed into law as Act 110 of 2020 on November 3, 2020, creating a new section of the PA School Code 24 P.S. Sec. 13-1318.1.

Act 110 of 2020 was unanimously approved by the PA Senate 50-0 and the PA House 201-0, with a member on leave at the time of the vote.

“Act 110 requires schools to remove any student convicted or adjudicated delinquent of sexual assault against another student enrolled at the same school. The school entity is required to expel, transfer or reassign the offender to another school or educational program.

The school entity must ensure that the convicted/adjudicated student is not educated in the same school building, transported on the same school vehicle, or permitted to participate in the same school-sponsored activities as the student victim.

This law was designed to ensure that students who are the victim of a sexual assault by another student at their school are not re-victimized by seeing their attacker every day at school.”

 

More from BREAKING NEWS: Is the WASD finally acknowledging Myrtle Beach victims with new policy?”

“The requirements of the Act go into effect on January 12, 2021.

The law applies to school districts, career and technical schools,

intermediate units, and charter schools.”

The time period between January 12, 2021 and March 2, 2021 is 50 days.

 

WASD school board member Jennifer Lake, also remained silent. Is shew only a “one note” board member?

Why did refuse to take the lead on this “Board Policy” while demanding the “WASD Anti-Racism Board Resolution” had be released to the WASD website as soon as possible?

Was her “woke” broke tonight?

If only former WASD board member Spencer Sweeting was still on the board, maybe he would have spoken up.

Did anyone notice who did note vote or was absent tonight?

WASD board members Jane Penman and Barb Reeves who actually reside in the district.

You ever wonder what some of these “we know better than everyone else” folks would be doing if their child was being referred to as JOHN DOE #1, JOHN DOE #2, JANE DOE#1, JANE DOE #2, JANE DOE #3 and so on?

 

WHAT IF A WASD LETTER WENT TO SOMEONE CODY SHIMP IS REALTED TO?

From the OP-ED: Long past time for Dr. Bowers to resign as WASD Superintendent:”

WHAT IF A LETTER EXISITS BANNING SOMEONE FROM CAMPUS WHO HAD NOT BEEN CRIMINALLY CHARGED?

What if a Right to Know Law request produced a letter that exists as well as email exchanges about a “perceived threat” by a family member of baseball team member?

What if that alleged “perceived threat” was answered “immediately” with a letter from WASD Solicitor Fred Holland?

What if the person stating the alleged “perceived threat” was never criminally charged in the matter?

What if the letter banned the person stating the alleged “perceived threat” from WASD property?

In summary, the person stating the alleged “perceived threat”, who was never criminally charged in the matter, received a letter from WASD Solicitor Fred Holland banning them from WASD property.

What would your response be to an adult who had actually been charged with a crime of a sexual nature against a child in the WASD while serving as that students coach?

Would that be an alleged “perceived threat” and garner a letter from WASD Solicitor Fred Holland?

This community already knows your response as well as so many WASD employees who have provided video endorsements.

 

WASD SCHOOL BOARD FAILS TO ADOPT POLICY TO MAKE EMAIL ADDRESSES PUBLIC

Knowing the behavior of the WASD as I do; Act 84 of 2020 will most likely not be adopted until the June 15, 2021 meeting since school districts have until June 26, 2021 to be in compliance.

Why?

This school board does not want you to communicate with them.

How do I know?

I asked the WASD lots of questions and their solicitor said in an email found in the OP-ED: Long past time for Dr. Bowers to resign as WASD Superintendent”:

Subject: FW: WASD Questions

Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 3:52:21 PM Eastern Daylight Time

From: Fred Holland

To: Timothy Bowers, Brandon Pardoe, Susie Bigger

“If he (Bartley) asks again, I won’t justify it with a response…

 

BACKGROUND ON ACT 84 of 2020

“Compliance Update – Publication of School Director Email Addresses

Under Act 84 of 2020, approved by the Governor on October 29, school districts must publish on their websites an email address for each school director that can be used by students, staff or members of the public to communicate with members of the school board about school district governance matters. The email addresses must be available on an easily-found public area of each district’s website no later than June 26, 2021.

This new mandate adds one more reason for PSBA’s recommendation that school board members use only district-provided email accounts to communicate via email regarding school district matters.

To learn more about recommendations for using email and other electronic community engagement tools, watch “Best Practices in Digital Communications,” one of the many e-learning courses available in the online learning area of the MyPSBA website (requires login).”

http://www.mypsba.org/product/best-practice-in-digital-commmunications/

 

The WASD school board failed to address the resignation of fellow board member Marc Schefsky in the public portion of the meeting.

TalkWilliamsport.com exclusively reported earlier this week; “BREAKING NEWS: Marc Schefsky resigning from school board after WASD residency questioned.”

This author is preparing a formal referral to Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner to begin the process of “removal (“ouster”) court action in “Quo Warranto” regarding Marc Schefsky from the WASD school board.

“However, the fact that anyone has been rendered ineligible by any of these offense does not in and of itself remove them from office or empower the school board to remove them or to declare their seat vacant.  The exclusive procedure to assess whether someone is ineligible for the office they hold and to obtain an order of removal (“ouster”) is a court action in “Quo Warranto”, which normally is brought by the local district attorney.”

 

The SILENCE on this issue from the WASD school board, this administration and this community is deafening!

Look on the bright side, at least you have a shiny new playground to play on that the family of George Floyd can be proud of.

Better yet, when the Horry County Solicitor, the Pennsylvania Attorney General and Kline and Specter finish with you; maybe you can name that playground after JOHN DOE #1, JOHN DOE #2, JANE DOE#1, JANE DOE #2, JANE DOE #3 and so on.

History is not on your side and ALL of you know it.

Do this community the service of resigning; tonight.

Please put those resignations on the WASD website at your earliest convenience.

BREAKING NEWS: Eric Beiter formally announces City Council candidacy

Photo provided
As first reported by TalkWilliamsport.com on February 20, 2021, Eric Beiter on Tuesday formally announced his intention to seek a seat on Williamsport City Council this election cycle.
Beiter most recently ran for Mayor of Williamsport in 2019.
Beiter provided the following statement to TalkWilliamsport.com:
“It is with thoughtful consideration that I am announcing my candidacy for Williamsport City Council. Our City continues to face not only many of the same concerns it has in the past, but it is also experiencing new, complex challenges that need leaders willing to be change agents for our future. By taking steps to tackle these issues and continuously adapt to the needs of the community, we can help create a City that will be more resilient for us now and for the future.
As the issues facing the City begin to put more strain on residents, we need to hold the line on taxes, by taking a hard look at City Hall and how our government is spending money to provide for its citizens. Pennsylvania has a public safety crisis on its hands, which is evident in our City as it gets compounded by the challenges of an ongoing public health crisis. Williamsport is well-positioned to be a model for a more cost effective system of regionalized local services. This potential needs to be explored with real consideration and perseverance to overcome barriers of concern.
We need to reinvest in our parks and neighborhood communities, so we have a point of pride to attract potential residents to the area, as a center of opportunity for young people to live and work. A community that engages a ready workforce will help attract the industries and businesses needed for 21st century economic development.
With petitions now being signed, I will take steps to safely interact with members of the community. Please reach out, if you are willing to sign. I greatly appreciate your support.”
This is a developing story on TalkWilliamsport.com.

PIAA Issues Updated Occupancy Guidance

Photo Courtesy: PIAA

PRESS RELEASE: Mechanicsburg, PA – Monday, March 1, 2020

This morning, the Wolf Administration announced revised mitigation restrictions that are effective today statewide.

The revised mitigations restrictions include:

• Revised maximum occupancy limits for INDOOR EVENTS to allow for 15% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size. Core public health measures such as face covering (mask-wearing), social distancing, and hand hygiene still must be enforced. The 15% of maximum occupancy is permitted only if attendees and workers are able to comply with the 6-foot physical distancing requirement.

• Revised maximum occupancy limits for OUTDOOR EVENTS to allow for 20% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size. Core public health measures such as face covering (mask-wearing), social distancing, and hand hygiene still must be enforced. The 20% of maximum occupancy is permitted only if attendees and workers are able to comply with the 6-foot physical distancing requirement.

PIAA Executive Director, Dr. Robert A. Lombardi, stated, “PIAA is very appreciative of these changes and will attempt to provide as much in-person attendance at PIAA winter sports’ postseason contests as possible while complying with the new restrictions.”

PIAA will review their upcoming winter sports’ post-season events and capacities with site administrators and make all best efforts to accommodate schools’ and their families. These revised restrictions may allow some public sale of tickets based upon occupancy and social distancing restrictions.

The PIAA Board of Directors will discuss these topics and other items at its upcoming Wednesday, March 3, 2021 meeting.

PA Congressmen release statement following PA state House announcement on nursing home oversight investigation

Washington, D.C. — Today, members of the Pennsylvania Republican Congressional Delegation, including Congressmen Fred Keller (PA-12), Dan Meuser (PA-09), Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-15), Mike Kelly (PA-16), Scott Perry (PA-10), Lloyd Smucker (PA-11), John Joyce (PA-13), and Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14), made the following statement following the Pennsylvania state House announcement of an oversight investigation into the Wolf administration’s handling of nursing homes and long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic:

“The Pennsylvania Republican Congressional Delegation thanks the members of the General Assembly for taking the necessary steps to investigate the Wolf administration’s disastrous policies relating to our state’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Last March, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued guidance requiring nursing homes to admit COVID-positive patients. Today, more than half of the state’s COVID fatalities have occurred in these facilities. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has repeatedly failed to investigate the policies that put Pennsylvania seniors living in longterm care facilities at risk. Pennsylvanians deserve a full and transparent investigation into what went wrong. Our offices remain committed to ensuring all information is brought to light so that the health and safety of our senior citizens are never again jeopardized by the careless actions of a state executive.”

Background:

• On March 13, 2020, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance “For Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Nursing Homes.”

• The March 13 guidance said that “nursing homes should admit any individual that they would normally admit to their facility, including individuals from hospitals where a case of COVID-19 was/is present” only if the nursing home can follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) quarantining guidance.

• CMS Administrator Seema Verma later said, “[u]nder no circumstances should a hospital discharge a patient to a nursing home that is not prepared to take care of those patient’s needs.”

• Despite these warnings, however, governors of multiple states — including Pennsylvania — issued guidance and executive orders forcing nursing homes to admit people with the virus, thereby encouraging the spread to those vulnerable populations.

The Pennsylvania Republican Congressional Delegation has taken action to hold the Wolf administration accountable for its negligent nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

February 16, 2021: Sending a letter to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro asking for a report on guidance issued by the state Department of Health that called for admittance of COVID-19 positive individuals in long-term care facilities.

June 25, 2020: Republicans on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis and eight members of the Pennsylvania Republican Congressional Delegation sent a letter to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro requesting a formal review of the impact of Governor Wolf’s March 18, 2020 guidance for nursing homes to readmit COVID-19 positive residents that would be made public. His administration’s initial response can be found here.

Crosscutters Looking to Fill Seasonal Positions

The Williamsport Crosscutters are looking for energetic, motivated individuals to fill dozens of part-time seasonal positions at Historic Bowman Field for the 2021 season.

Historic Bowman Field is a fun place to work and makes for great summer employment for high school and college students, retirees or anyone looking for a fun second job,” said Williamsport Crosscutters Vice-President General Manager Doug Estes.

This year, due to COVID-19 precautions, no applications will be taken in-person. All interested individuals must apply online via the Crosscutters website. To view the list of job categories and access the application, visit crosscutters.com and click on the CLUB INFO tab at the top of the page and then click 2021 JOB APPLICATION. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age.

Available jobs include; stadium ushers, cashiers, food prep workers, food delivery staff, ticketing, game day internships and more. The Crosscutters season consists of 34 home games from May 25 until August 11. Employees work approximately 3-6 hours at each Cutters home game and are not required to be available for all games. Applicants should have an outgoing personality and a willingness to work with the public.

The 2021 Williamsport Crosscutters home opener is scheduled for Tuesday, May 25 at Historic Bowman Field as the Cutters begin play in the new MLB Draft League.