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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:



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The National Weather Service in Mount Holly NJ has extended the

* Flood Warning for...
  Northwestern Camden County in southern New Jersey...
  Northern Burlington County in southern New Jersey...
  Southeastern Montgomery County in southeastern Pennsylvania...
  Southeastern Bucks County in southeastern Pennsylvania...
  Northeastern Chester County in southeastern Pennsylvania...
  Philadelphia County in southeastern Pennsylvania...
  Northeastern Delaware County in southeastern Pennsylvania...

* Until 1030 AM EDT Monday.

* At 349 AM EDT, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated
  an area of very heavy rainfall fell across the warned area,
  resulting in a widespread rainfall between two and four inches,
  with some locations picking up close to five inches of rain.
  Although the heaviest rain has moved south of the region, it still
  is raining, and flooding continues. Parts of these counties also
  remain under a Flash Flood Warning with numerous road closures.
  Flooding will continue through at least the morning commute.

* Some locations that could experience flooding include...
  Philadelphia, Camden, Bensalem, Mount Laurel, Norristown,
  Willingboro, Medford, West Norriton, East Norriton, Lumberton,
  Burlington, Mount Holly, Riverside, Conshohocken, Palmyra, Ambler,
  Jenkintown, Narberth, Presidential Lakes Estates and Beverly.


Turn around...don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the
dangers of flooding.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small
creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as
well as other drainage areas and low lying spots.

Please report flooding to your local law enforcement agency when you
can do so safely.

A Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. All
interested parties should take necessary precautions immediately.


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BROADCAST SOURCE: WLRI-LP 92.9 MHz Gap, Pennsylvania


The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of Delaware, northeast Maryland, southern New Jersey,
  and southeast Pennsylvania, including the following areas, in
  Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Inland Sussex, Kent, and New
  Castle. In northeast Maryland, Caroline, Cecil, Kent MD, Queen
  Annes, and Talbot. In southern New Jersey, Atlantic, Atlantic
  Coastal Cape May, Camden, Cape May, Coastal Atlantic, Coastal
  Ocean, Cumberland, Gloucester, Northwestern Burlington, Ocean,
  Salem, and Southeastern Burlington. In southeast Pennsylvania,
  Delaware, Eastern Chester, Eastern Montgomery, Philadelphia,
  Western Chester, and Western Montgomery.

* From 6 PM EDT this evening through Monday morning.

* Light to moderate rainfall will develop across the area this
  afternoon. The rainfall is expected to become heavier later this
  evening into the overnight hours. A total of 1 to 2 inches of
  rain are expected across portions of the area. Some
  thunderstorms may also occur and could be slow moving which
  could lead to locally higher amounts.

* Excessive rainfall within a short period of time can lead to
  rapidly rising waters and flash flooding, particularly in
  urban areas and along small creeks and streams.


A Flash Flood Watch means that there is the potential for flash
flooding which can be life-threatening. Heavy rain is expected to
occur over a short period of time. Rapidly rising flood waters
may quickly inundate roadways and areas of poor drainage. Streams
and creeks could leave their banks, flooding nearby properties.

Please monitor the forecast, especially if you live in a location
that is prone to flooding. Be prepared to take action if a flash
flood warning is issued for your area.

Lancaster City Boil Water Advisory Lifted: LCHS Stadium Area

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Este informe contiene informacion muyimportante sobre sy agua de beber. Traduzcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda bien.

As of Friday June 8th, 2018 at 7:25 AM, the boil water advisory is lifted for customers residing at:

• 103, 115, 117, 121, 203, 205, 200, 202, 204, 208, 225, 227, 229, 237, 243, 245, 251, 253, 255, 257, 244, 246, 250, 252, 256, 259, 319, 260, 300, 310, 314, 316, 318 Pleasure Rd.
• 114, 116, 206, 218, 232, 109, 111, 209, 210, 211, 221, 236, 240, 248, 311, 315, 317 Forney Rd.
• 1350, 1346, 1340, 1336, 1351, 1341, 1331, 1321, Clearview Ave.
• 655 Stadium Rd Catholic High School Stadium.
• 1304 Rosemont Ave.
• 1309, 1305, 1301, 1308, 1304, 1300 Crown Ave.
Your water is safe to drink and we have lifted the boil water advisory.

We are pleased to report the problem has been corrected and you are no longer required to boil your water.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Run the cold water faucet or water fountain for 2-3 minutes. Flush out any automatic icemakers. Drain and refill hot water heaters set below 115 degrees and run water softener through a regeneration cycle.

For further information, please visit the City of Lancaster website at or call the Water Quality Laboratory at 291-4818, Monday-Friday 7:00 AM-4:15 PM. At all other times, please call the Water Emergency number at 291-4816.

Notice provided by the City of Lancaster, Bureau of Water

Public Water Supplier ID#: 7360058

Bill Introduced to Make College Free in PA

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Pennsylvania ranks 47th out of the 50 states in per capita funding for higher education. (nikolayhg/Pixabay)
Harrisburg, PA – Legislation has been introduced in both houses of the state legislature that would make college free and affordable for Pennsylvania students. Comments by Mark Price, labor economist for The Keystone Research Center.

Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Increased State Pre-K Funding

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Poll results show Pennsylvanians recognize the importance of early childhood education. (dagon_/Pixabay)
Harrisburg, PA – A new poll commissioned by the Pre-K for PA campaign shows that, by wide margins, Pennsylvania voters want increased state funding to expand access to high-quality pre-kindergarten programs. Comments by Brock McCleary, president of Harper Polling.

SoLanco High School Graduation This Friday at 7 p.m To be broadcast on YouTube

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By: Keith Kaufman, Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District


The bleachers at the Solanco High School football field will be filled with jubilant family, friends and supportive community members Friday evening to celebrate as seniors in the Class of 2018 receive their diplomas. The graduation ceremony will be broadcast on Solanco YouTube Friday evening beginning at 7 p.m.

Here is a list of the seniors in the Solanco Class of 2018.

Distinguished Speaker David Lehman, Solanco Class of 1964, will speak to graduating seniors about how vision, persistence and hard work are key ingredients to success in life.  “Go out and work hard, stick with it, and always think positively about the future of the world, your country, your family, and especially yourself.” Lehman is a recent inductee into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, and he is a leader in the oil and gas exploration industry.

Class valedictorian Sophie Plechner, salutatorian Abigail Nelson, and class president Tori Delp will also address their graduating classmates.


Congratulations and best of luck to the Solanco Class of 2018!

Top 10 NASA iTech Energy Cycle Finalists Announced

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The NASA iTech Energy competition has selected the top 10 finalists to present their game-changing technologies at a forum next month in New York. The 2018 NASA iTech Cycle II Energy is a collaborative effort between NASA and the U.S. Department (DOE) of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to find and foster innovative solutions for critical energy challenges on Earth and in space.
The 10 finalists were selected by a multi-disciplinary team of experts from NASA and ARPA E. The finalists will present June 13 and 14 at the NASA iTech Energy Forum, hosted by Citi Global at its headquarters in New York City. Representatives from NASA, DOE, other government agencies, industry, potential investors and others from across the United States will listen in as the finalists for NASA iTech share their innovative ideas.
“I look forward to seeing these 10 finalists present their ideas at the upcoming iTech forum in New York”, said Kira Blackwell, NASA iTech program executive in the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This is a unique opportunity to present their technologies at an event convening two federal agencies and hosted by a global private sector bank seeking solutions to common energy challenges.”
The competition invited applicants to submit their concepts for: Fuel Cells and Regenerative Fuel Cells, High-energy-density Batteries and Supercapacitors, Solar Power Systems, Small Fission Power Systems, Innovative Power Management and Distribution and X-Factor Energy. The final category included entries that may not fit within a specific energy focus area but clearly demonstrate the potential to fill a critical need for NASA and humans on Earth.
The top three teams selected at the forum will be recognized during a nonmonetary awards ceremony on June 14 and will be available for interviews. Media interested in covering the forum should contact Gina Anderson at by June 8 to register.
The top 10 NASA iTech Energy Cycle finalists are (in alphabetical order):
·AsterTech, LLC, Beavercreek, OH
3D Additive Manufacturing of High Efficiency and Light-Weight Solar Cells for In-Space Applications
·ATEIOS, San Diego, CA
Printed Batteries for Ubiquitous & Conformal Electronics
·Atomos, Denver, CO
Splitting the Atom to Connect the Planets: A Commercial Nuclear Power System for Space Operations
·Environment and Energy Benefit Co., West Sacramento, CA
BBB: X Factor Liquid Fuel
·iFeather, Boulder, CO
In-situ Fabrication of Extraterrestrial Aerogels for Transparency, Heat, and Energy Regulation (iFEATHER) for Habitat, Aeronautic and Space Vessel, and Space Suit Applications
·The Pennsylvania State University – Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University Park, PA
Lightweight Monolithic Microcell CPV for Space
·Stanford University – Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford, CA
Two C: Transportation Electrification through Ubiquitous Wireless Charging
·University of Michigan and Unified Solar Collaboration, Ann Arbor, MI
Photovoltaic Cell-Level Power Balancing Using Intrinsic Energy Storage for High-Efficiency, High-Reliability Solar Power
·V-Glass, Pewaukee, WI
Vacuum Glass for R-10 Windows
·WBGlobalSemi, Inc., Lakewood Ranch,
Commercializing High Power Silicon Carbide (SiC) Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJTs) and Power Modules for Power Management and Distributed Power Applications
NASA iTech is an initiative by the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Virginia.
To watch the teams present their ideas live on June 13 (9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT) and June 14 (9:10 a.m. – noon), visit:
For information about the NASA iTech initiative, visit:
For information about NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, visit:

Dog Wardens to Canvass 22 Counties for Current Dog Licenses, Rabies Vaccinations in June

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Harrisburg, PA – The state Department of Agriculture announced today that state dog wardens will conduct dog license and rabies vaccination checks in 22 counties in June. This program aims to raise awareness of the importance of up-to-date dog licenses, and rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats to the health and safety of Pennsylvania communities.

Counties to be canvassed in June include Adams, Beaver, Bedford, Bradford, Cambria, Cameron, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Dauphin, Erie, Fulton, Greene, Juniata, Luzerne, Lycoming, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Potter, Sullivan, and Venango counties. Canvassing began in April and will conclude this month.

June’s canvassing schedule is as follows:

June 4-8: Adams, Cambria, Crawford, Fulton, Juniata, Lycoming, and Pike counties
June 11-15: Beaver, Bedford, Perry, Potter, Northumberland, Sullivan, and Venango counties
June 18-22: Bradford, Cameron, and Greene counties
June 25-29: Clinton, Columbia, Dauphin, Erie, and Luzerne counties

Pennsylvania law requires all dogs three months and older to be licensed by January 1 of each year. The fee is $6.50 for each spayed or neutered dog and $8.50 for other dogs. Older adults and persons with disabilities may purchase a license for $4.50 for spayed or neutered dogs, and $6.50 for others. Dog licenses are available through county treasurers’ offices.

All dogs and non-feral cats three months of age and older must also be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccinations must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity.

Violators may be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.

Dog wardens drive vehicles and wear uniforms labeled with “Pennsylvania Dog Law Enforcement Warden” in a keystone with a state seal. They wear a badge and state identification.

Wardens will request proof of licensure and proof of rabies vaccination. They will leave written notice for someone who is not home, or does not answer the door. Dog wardens will not enter a home or building without the owner’s permission.

For more information, visit, or call 717-787-3062.

PennDOT, PA DUI Association Honors   New Drug Recognition Experts

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Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), and the PA DUI association today announced that five state troopers and six municipal police officers have completed Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) training, and expect to be certified by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
“The Drug Evaluation and Classification Program is a national effort to train police officers to determine when an individual has been driving under the influence of drugs and to identify the type of drug causing the impairment,” said David Andrascik, the DUI Association state program coordinator. The success of the program in Pennsylvania is a result of the strong partnerships with all agencies involved.
Drivers are reminded that operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal and prescribed or over the counter substances may include side effects that will affect reaction time, cognition and overall concentration. Certified officers are also qualified to recognize whether an individual is suffering from a medical condition rather than drug impairment, and will make arrests accordingly.
Since Pennsylvania adopted the program in 2004, 97 troopers and 83 municipal police officers have become certified as DRE’s, and more than 16,000 evaluations have been conducted. In 2017 alone, more than 1,600 people suspected of being impaired by substances other than alcohol were investigated.
In about 40 percent of the cases motorists were under the influence of a narcotic analgesic drug which includes opiates. In 38 percent of the cases, cannabinoids such as marijuana were a factor. Additional drugs DRE’s investigated include, central nervous system depressant or stimulant drugs, like cocaine or amphetamines.
Troopers who completed the training include:

Trooper Nicholas Borrelli, Troop K, Philadelphia;

Trooper Sean Christofferson, Troop D, Mercer;

Trooper Thomas Dubovi, Jr., Troop E, Meadville;

Trooper Dylan Gelvin, Troop G, McConnellsburg;

Trooper Anthony Jendrzejewski, Troop H, Chambersburg.

Municipal police officers who completed the program include:

Officer Justin Erickson, Hermitage Police Department, Mercer County;

Patrolman Daniel Foster, North Huntingdon Township Police Department, Westmoreland County;

Officer Jory Harlan, Upper Allen Township Police Department, Cumberland County;

Officer John Kiefer, Castle Shannon Police Department, Allegheny County;

Patrolman Derrick Tardive, Altoona City Police Department, Blair County;

Officer Margaret Vorum-Leonard, Waynesburg Police Department, Greene County.

For more information about the DRE Program, visit