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Lancaster County Homeowners May Pay Octorara Area School District $312 More in 2018-19 School Year

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Presented By: Jeffery Curtis at the work session

As of May total revenues were $53,393,594

Spending was $54,954,887

Resulting in a $1.56M deficit

Potential tax increases may result in Chester County where median homestead property homeowners in the Octorara Area School District may pay an additional $56 per year, and $312  in Lancaster County. “That’s just a guess” Curtis states.

For more, tune in to the meeting here:


Special Weather Statement

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Special Weather Statement

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
613 PM EDT SAT JUN 2 2018

New Castle-Delaware-Western Chester-Eastern Chester-
613 PM EDT SAT JUN 2 2018


At 613 PM EDT, a strong thunderstorm was located near
Lionville-Marchwood, or near West Chester, moving southwest at 15

Winds up to 45 mph and pea size hail are possible with this storm.

Locations impacted include...
West Chester, Coatesville, Westtown, Downingtown, Kennett Square,
Honey Brook, Elverson, Cheyney, Talleyville, Pughtown, Elam,
Marshallton, Lionville-Marchwood, Ashland, Glenmoore, Paoli, Chester
Springs, Lionville, Concordville and Hockessin.

Torrential rainfall is occurring with this storm, and may cause
localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded

Frequent cloud to ground lightning is also occurring with this storm.
Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Seek a safe
shelter inside a building or vehicle.

LAT...LON 4017 7580 4020 7566 4006 7547 3983 7548
      3979 7556 3979 7573 3986 7583 4006 7594
      4009 7594
TIME...MOT...LOC 2213Z 031DEG 11KT 4003 7559



Flood Advisory

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Flood Advisory

Flood Advisory
National Weather Service State College PA
538 PM EDT SAT JUN 2 2018

Lancaster PA-York PA-
538 PM EDT SAT JUN 2 2018

The National Weather Service in State College PA has issued a

* Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for...
  Central Lancaster County in south central Pennsylvania...
  East central York County in south central Pennsylvania...

* Until 730 PM EDT

* At 535 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to
  thunderstorms developing over the area. This potentially heavy
  rain, combined with saturated ground from torrential rain last
  night will lead to urban and small stream flooding.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include...
  East Petersburg, Millersville, Willow Street, Lancaster, Columbia,
  Mount Joy, Leacock, Mountville, Bareville and Smithville.


A Flood Advisory means river or stream flows are elevated, or
ponding of water in urban or other areas is occurring or is imminent.


LAT...LON 4010 7612 3990 7614 3989 7654 4010 7661



Flood Advisory

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Map of Forecast Area


Flood Advisory
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
511 PM EDT SAT JUN 2 2018

Chester PA-
511 PM EDT SAT JUN 2 2018

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly NJ has issued a

* Flood Advisory for...
  West central Chester County in southeastern Pennsylvania...

* Until 815 PM EDT.

* At 510 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to
  thunderstorms. This will cause minor flooding in the advisory area.
  Up to 1.25 inch of rain has already fallen.

* Some locations that could experience flooding include...
  Coatesville, Parkesburg, Honey Brook, Atglen and Christiana.

Additional rainfall of less than one inch is expected over the area.
This additional rain will result in minor flooding.


A Flood Advisory means river or stream flows are elevated, or ponding
of water in urban or other areas is occurring or is imminent.


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HARRISBURG, PA – Whether in their backyards or high on a mountain, it’s almost certain Pennsylvanians will encounter young wildlife this time of year.

While some young animals might appear to be abandoned, usually they are not. It’s likely their mothers are watching over them from somewhere nearby.

So when encountering young deer, birds, raccoons or other young wildlife, the best thing people can do is leave the animals alone.

“People want to help wildlife that appears to be in trouble, but what they often don’t realize is that when they encounter a young wild animal by itself in the spring, it’s usually not alone nor in need of rescue; its mother is nearby,” said Matthew Schnupp, the Game Commission’s wildlife management director. “Leaving such an animal alone so it can reunite with its mother is the best, most-caring thing you can do for it. It ensures the young animal has the chance to grow up as intended.”

Adult animals often leave their young while they forage for food, but they don’t go far and they do return. Wildlife also often relies on a natural defensive tactic called the “hider strategy,” where young animals will remain motionless and “hide” in surrounding cover while adults draw the attention of potential predators or other intruders away from their young.

Deer employ this strategy, and deer fawns sometimes are assumed to be abandoned when, in fact, their mothers are nearby.

The Game Commission urges Pennsylvanians to resist the urge to interfere with young wildlife or remove any wild animal from its natural setting.

Such contact can be harmful to both people and wildlife. Wild animals can lose their natural fear of humans, making it difficult, even impossible, for them to ever again live normally in the wild. And anytime wildlife is handled, there’s always a risk people could contract diseases or parasites such as fleas, ticks and lice.

Wildlife that becomes habituated to humans also can pose a public-safety risk. A few years ago, a yearling, six-point buck attacked and severely injured two people. The investigation into the incident revealed that a neighboring family had illegally taken the deer into their home and fed it as a fawn, and they continued to feed the deer right up until the time of the attack.

It is illegal to take or possess wildlife from the wild. Under state law, the penalty for such a violation is a fine of up to $1,500 per animal.

Under no circumstances will anyone who illegally takes wildlife into captivity be allowed to keep that animal, and under a working agreement with state health officials, any “high risk” rabies vector species confiscated after human contact must be euthanized and tested; it cannot be returned to the wild because the risk of spreading disease is too high.

Animals infected with rabies might not show obvious symptoms, but still might be able to transmit the disease. Though any mammal might carry rabies, the rabies vector species identified in the agreement are: skunks, raccoons, foxes, bats, coyotes and groundhogs.

People can get rabies from the saliva of a rabid animal if they are bitten or scratched, or if the saliva gets into the person’s eyes, mouth or a fresh wound.

Only wildlife rehabilitators, who are licensed by the Game Commission, are permitted to care for injured or orphaned wildlife for the purposes of eventual release back into the wild. For those who find wildlife that truly is in need of assistance, a listing of licensed wildlife rehabilitators can be found on the Pennsylvania Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators website,

If you are unable to identify a wildlife rehabilitator in your area, contact the Game Commission region office that serves the county in which the animal is found so that you can be referred to the appropriate licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Region office contact information can be found under the title “Connect with Us” at the bottom of the homepage.


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HARRISBURG, PA – Pennsylvanians who harvest deer anywhere in New York, Ohio, Maryland or West Virginia no longer may bring them home without first removing the carcass parts with the highest risk of transmitting chronic wasting disease (CWD).

As part of the fight to slow the spread of CWD in the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has updated its executive order prohibiting the importation of high-risk deer parts into Pennsylvania.

While the order has always prohibited whole deer from being brought into Pennsylvania from most U.S. states and Canadian provinces where CWD exists, it previously permitted deer harvested in New York, Ohio, Maryland or West Virginia to be brought in, so long as the deer weren’t reported to have been harvested in any county where CWD has been detected.

The updated order gives Pennsylvania’s free-ranging deer better protection, said Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans.

“The previous rules didn’t provide assurance that deer harvested in CWD-positive counties within New York, Ohio, Maryland or West Virginia weren’t making their way into the Commonwealth,” Burhans said. “While the order prohibited the high-risk parts of those deer from being imported into Pennsylvania, enforcement was difficult for many reasons.

“As we’ve seen in Pennsylvania, just because CWD appears confined to a specific area, doesn’t mean it won’t turn up somewhere completely new, miles away,” Burhans said. “Tightening up this order puts teeth in the Game Commission’s ability to enforce it, allowing us to better protect our deer and elk from CWD.”

Now that the updated order has taken effect, there are a total of 24 states and two Canadian provinces from which high-risk cervid parts cannot be imported into Pennsylvania.

The parts ban affects hunters who harvest deer, elk, moose, mule deer and other cervids in: Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming; as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Those harvesting cervids in the identified states and provinces must leave behind the carcass parts that have the highest risk for transmitting CWD. Those parts are: the head (including brain, tonsils, eyes and any lymph nodes); spinal cord/backbone; spleen; skull plate with attached antlers, if visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; cape, if visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; upper canine teeth, if root structure or other soft tissue is present; any object or article containing visible brain or spinal cord tissue; unfinished taxidermy mounts; and brain-tanned hides.

Hunters who are successful in those states and provinces from which the importation of high-risk parts into Pennsylvania is banned are allowed to import meat from any deer, elk, moose, mule deer or caribou, so long as the backbone is not present.

Successful hunters also are allowed to bring back cleaned skull plates with attached antlers, if no visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; tanned hide or raw hide with no visible brain or spinal cord tissue present; capes, if no visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; upper canine teeth, if no root structure or other soft tissue is present; and finished taxidermy mounts.

Pennsylvania first detected chronic wasting disease in 2012 at a captive deer facility in Adams County. The disease has since been detected in free-ranging and captive deer in parts of southcentral and northcentral Pennsylvania. To date, 104 free-ranging CWD-positive deer have been detected in Pennsylvania.

The Game Commission in late February also established its fourth Disease Management Area, DMA 4, in Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks counties in response to CWD turning up at a captive deer facility in Lancaster County.

Burhans said hunters who harvest deer, elk or moose in a state or province where CWD is known to exist should follow instructions from that state’s wildlife agency on how and where to submit the appropriate samples to have their animal tested. If, after returning to Pennsylvania, a hunter is notified that his or her harvest tested positive for CWD, the hunter is encouraged to immediately contact the Game Commission region office that serves the county in which they reside for disposal recommendations and assistance.

A list of region offices and contact information can be found at by scrolling to the bottom of any page to select the “Connect with Us” tab.

First identified in 1967, CWD affects members of the cervid family, including all species of deer, elk and moose. To date, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But the disease is always fatal to the cervids it infects.

As a precaution, CDC recommends people avoid eating meat from deer and elk that look sick or that test positive for CWD.

More information on CWD can be found at CDC’s website,

There currently is no practical way to test live animals for CWD, nor is there a vaccine. Clinical signs of CWD include poor posture, lowered head and ears, uncoordinated movement, rough-hair coat, weight loss, increased thirst, excessive drooling, and, ultimately, death.

Much more information on CWD, as well as a video showing hunters how they can process venison for transport and consumption, is available at the Game Commission’s website.

State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces June Highlights

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Harrisburg, PA – The State Museum of Pennsylvania today announced its program schedule for June 2018:


Pay as You Wish Summer Fridays

The State Museum is inviting visitors to pay what they wish for general admission on Fridays beginning on Friday, June 22, and continuing through Friday, August 24, 2018. Fees for the Planetarium and other special programs will still apply. Curiosity Connection will distribute free timed tickets for entry throughout the day.


StoryTime: Jo MacDonald Hiked in the Woods by Mary Quattlebaum, Friday, June 1, 10:00 AM

The book to be read and explored in Curiosity Connection will be Jo MacDonald Hiked in The Woods by Mary Quattlebaum. StoryTime is the museum’s popular reading series for children aged 3 to 5. Each reading is held in one of our galleries and is followed by a related play activity or exploration of related hands-on artifacts. StoryTime is included with general admission.


Learn at Lunchtime

Learn at Lunchtime is a program featuring a variety of captivating lectures and presentations. This summer Learn at Lunchtime will be presented every Friday at 12:15 PM, June 22 through August 24. Learn at Lunchtime is included with general admission.


World War I, Friday, June 22

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Robert Hill, curator of military and industrial history, will explore the Pennsylvania at War exhibit.


Black Bears, Friday, June 29

Wildlife Education Specialist Dan Lynch from the Pennsylvania Game Commission will discuss black bear biology and populations and Pennsylvania Game Commission research on them.


Exhibit Opening: Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2018, Sunday, June 24

The annual Art of the State is recognized as the official, statewide juried competition for Pennsylvania artists. Jurors selected artwork from five categories: Craft, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Work on Paper. The opening ceremony starts at 1:30 PM, followed immediately by the gallery opening and reception. All events are open to the public. General admission to the museum is free for Art of the State opening events. The exhibit runs from June 24 through September 9, 2018.


Art of the State is copresented by The State Museum and Jump Street. Art of the State media sponsor is WITF Public Media.


Meet the Experts

The State Museum of Pennsylvania will offer visitors the opportunity to engage with museum curators and representatives of various Pennsylvania state agencies through its Summer 2018 Meet the Experts in Nature Lab series. This program will be presented every Wednesday and Thursday at 11:30 AM, June 27 through August 16, and is included with general admission.


Pennsylvania Wildlife, Wednesday, June 27

Dr. Walter Meshaka, senior curator of zoology and botany, will discuss various topics relating to Pennsylvania’s wildlife.


Which One Doesn’t Belong? Flint Knapping, Thursday, June 28

Kurt Carr and Janet Johnson, curators of archaeology, explain what materials Native Americans used for flint knapping of projectile points and making of stone tools.


The Planetarium at The State Museum of Pennsylvania: The planetarium is offering three shows from June 9 through September 2:


Earth, Moon and Sun (Grades 1 through 5), Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11:00 AM; Saturday, 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM; Sunday, 1:00 PM

Coyote has razor-sharp wit, but he’s a little confused about what he’s seeing in the sky. This production tackles many concepts associated with the Earth-Moon-Sun system, including eclipses, lunar phases, seasonal changes, and the physical nature of the Sun and the Moon.


Compass, Calendar and Clock (Grade 6 and up), Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 1:00 PM; Saturday, 12:00 Noon and 2:00 PM; Sunday, 2:00 PM

Understanding how the planet is aligned with the distant stars allows anyone to use the sky as a compass, a calendar, and a clock. This traditional show asks How can you use the Moon tell time? and How does the Sun help us find directions? See how mankind has used the sky to tell time, track yearly cycles, and find direction.


Planetarium shows are $3 per person in addition to general admission. Planetarium admission is free to members of the State Museum Affiliate and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation.


The State Museum of Pennsylvania, adjacent to the State Capitol in Harrisburg, is one of 24 historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History. The State Museum offers expansive collections interpreting Pennsylvania’s fascinating heritage. With exhibits examining the dawn of geologic time, the Native American experience, the colonial and revolutionary eras, a pivotal Civil War battleground, and the commonwealth’s vast industrial age, The State Museum demonstrates that Pennsylvania’s story is America’s story.


Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sunday, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Admission is $7 for adults (ages 12-64), $6 for senior citizens (ages 65 and up), and $5 for children (ages 1-11).


For more information about the museum, visit

Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Welcomes Chad Dion Lassiter as Executive Director

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Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission today announced that Chad Dion Lassiter will join the commission as executive director effective May 24.

Lassiter has a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, and more than 20 years of experience in the fields of race relations, conflict resolution, mediation, teaching, counseling, research, re-entry, policy and prison reform. For the past seven-plus years, he served as the Executive Director of the Red Cross House with the American Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania. Since 2003 he has served as president of Black Men at Penn School of Social Work, Inc, an organization that serves as a conduit between the African American community and the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.

Lassiter has served as both an adjunct lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006, and a guest lecturer at West Chester University since 2008. His teaching areas include American Racism and Social Work Practice, Gender and Race. Also, he is both an author and a frequent presenter at various workshops and community and school events.

He has worked with a variety of city, state and federally elected and appointed officials, as well as religious and community leaders while engaging in race dialogue and anti-racism training to foster diversity and tolerance in multiple sectors. Lassiter’s work has taken him to Canada, Africa, Israel, Haiti and Norway, where he has worked on issues of racial tension and unrest focusing on tolerance and anti-racism training methods and strategic outcomes.

“We expect great things from Chad as executive director, and we are all really looking forward to working with him,” M. Joel Bolstein, interim chairman of the PHRC said. “As commissioners, we know that when people come to the Commission, they are looking for justice. What’s impressed us the most about Chad is his deep desire to help the Commission bring about justice for all citizens of the commonwealth.”

PHRC to Convene Investigatory Hearing on Grandview Golf Course Incident

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Harrisburg, PA – Chad Dion Lassiter, newly appointed Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, announced today that the Commission has approved the convening of an investigatory hearing related to the ongoing issues of racial tension growing out of the recent treatment of five African American golfers at the Grandview Golf Course in York County.

Mr. Lassiter noted that Section 8.1 of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, entitled “Investigatory Hearings Relating to Racial Problems,” provides statutory authority for the Commission to convene such hearings.  As set forth in the statute: “The purpose of the hearing shall be to resolve the problem promptly by the gathering of all the facts from all the interested parties and making such recommendations as may be necessary.”
The statute further provides that: “Should the recommendations made by the Commission not be accepted within a reasonable time the Commission may, with the consent of eight members, on its own behalf initiate a complaint and … proceed the same as where a complaint has been filed.”
Again, pursuant to the statute, the hearing will be held in York County, at a time and place to be decided.

Fine Wine & Good Spirits Stores Will be Open on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Other Holidays in 2018

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Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) reminds customers that hundreds of Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will be open Monday, May 28 – Memorial Day – as well as on Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans’ Day this year.
On Memorial Day, Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores that are normally open on Mondays will open at their normal time, but all stores will close at 5:00 PM. Store locations and hours are available at
On Wednesday, July 4, stores that are normally open Wednesdays will open at their normal time, but all stores will close at 5:00 PM.
On Monday, Sept. 3, stores that are normally open on Mondays will open at their normal time, but all stores will close at 5:00 PM.
Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will observe their normal operating hours on Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 8) and Veterans’ Day (both observed and actual –  Sunday, Nov. 11, and Monday, Nov. 12).
Before 2017, state law had prohibited stores from opening on holidays. Act 39 of 2016 removed the holiday restrictions, opening the door to improved consumer convenience and customer service.
The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit