Phone (570) 764 - 2118
Tuesday March 3, 2015
had to be rescued from a house fire in
Columbia County.

Officials say the flames broke out at
the home on Crestwood Drive near
Bloomsburg around 4:30 Sunday

Two people were hurt in that fire, but
there’s no word on how badly or who
they are.

Officials haven’t said how the fire
started in Columbia County.
Winter Celebration in Wilkes-

Posted 9:44 pm, March 1, 2015, by
Brittany Lovette, Updated at 09:42pm,
March 1, 2015        

WILKES-BARRE — Some people
thought Sunday’s weather was just
right to celebrate the winter in Wilkes-

The Riverfront Parks Committee held
its second annual “Winter along the
River” in Nesbitt Park.

The new snowfall helped out with a
snowman building contest and cross
country skiing.

The event was supposed to be held
last month, but the weather was just a
little too harsh for the outdoor activities.

“We have winter all around us. So it’s
fantastic. As you can see, the whole
community came out for us,” said John
Maday, Executive Director of Riverfront
Parks Committee. “We have kids, we
have parents, everybody seems to be
having a good time.”

Organizers said “Winter along the
River” was created to educate the
community about nature during the
winter months.

Vehicle Rollover in Lackawanna

Posted 10:14 pm, March 1, 2015, by
Brittany Lovette, Updated at 10:13pm,
March 1, 2015        

ELMHURST — Newswatch 16 found a
car on its roof along Interstate 380
around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Officials said no one seriously hurt.

However, PennDOT has dropped the
speed limit on the interstates to 45
miles per hour.
Snow Tubing Fun in Monroe

Posted 9:55 pm, March 1, 2015, by
Brittany Lovette, Updated at 09:54pm,
March 1, 2015        

PRICE TOWNSHIP — It was the first
event of its kind at Alpine Mountain
Resort in Monroe County. Snow tubing

Teams of four raced down the
mountain on their tubes and in their
best outfits.

It was all to raise money for the
Pocono Alliance and Second Harvest
Food Bank.

Prizes went to the teams for the fastest
times and most creative team spirit.

Police: Woman Drunk, Texting
Crashes into Antique Shop

Posted 7:33 pm, March 1, 2015, by
Brittany Lovette, Updated at 07:28pm,
March 1, 2015        

Lycoming County say a woman was
drunk and texting when she slammed
into an antique shop on Saturday.

According to Montoursville Police,
Brooke Sechrist smashed through the
wall of Callahan’s Antiques in the
borough Saturday morning.

Investigators say a customer inside
was pinned up against the wall but not
badly hurt.

Police also say Sechrist tried to
escape and kicked an officer between
the legs.

Sechrist faces a slew of charges after
the crash in Lycoming County.
Uniontown podiatrist, six others
charged in prescription drug
abuse, insurance fraud scheme

HARRISBURG - Attorney General
Kathleen G. Kane today announced
charges against a Uniontown podiatrist
and six others in a prescription drug
scheme in which the doctor wrote
prescriptions for powerful narcotics
that he would share or split with his
co-conspirators, some of which were
covered by patients' insurance

Following a joint investigation with the
Drug Enforcement Administration,
investigators determined that for two
and a half years Dr. William Ainsley
abused thousands of hydrocodone
pills by prescribing high quantities of
the narcotic to patients who would
have the prescriptions filled and then
return up to half of the tablets back to

"This case demonstrates the lengths
people will go to, even doctors, to
abuse prescription drugs," Attorney
General Kane said. "I thank the DEA
for its assistance and as a partner in
preventing the illegal diversion of
narcotics in our communities."    

Dr. Ainsley allegedly wrote nearly 200
prescriptions for hydrocodone in
quantities ranging from 40 to 120
tablets, the majority of which his
co-conspirators shared with him.    

Robert Woleslagle allegedly sold
hydrocodone tablets back to the
doctor in exchange for $200, and to
unidentified individuals for $4 per pill.
After learning that Woleslagle was
doctor shopping for narcotics
prescriptions, Dr. Ainsley confronted
Woleslagle and temporarily stopped
conspiring with him to fraudulently
obtain hydrocodone. However, the
scheme allegedly resumed months
later, even after Woleslagle reminded
Dr. Ainsley about the medical
correspondence documenting the
doctor shopping.    

Dr. Ainsley also allegedly wrote several
prescriptions for other narcotics for his
cousin, Deven Saghy, which is not
within the proper scope of practice.     

Dr. Ainsley, 39, 108 Charles St.,
Hopwood, Fayette County, is charged
with: six counts of  acquisition of a
controlled substance by
misrepresentation, fraud, forgery,
deception or subterfuge; six counts of
unlawful prescription of controlled
substance by practitioner;  three
counts of insurance fraud;  and one
count of criminal conspiracy.    

Carl Santavicca, 62 , 14 E. Highland
Ave., Uniontown, Fayette County, is
charged with: one count of  acquisition
of a controlled substance by
misrepresentation; one count of
delivery of a controlled substance; and
one count of criminal conspiracy.     

Deven Saghy, 46 , 240 Duck Hollow
Road, Uniontown, Fayette County, is
charged with: one count of  acquisition
of a controlled substance by
misrepresentation; one count of
delivery of a controlled substance; one
count of insurance fraud; and one
count of criminal conspiracy.     

Robert Woleslagle, 57 , 49 Lawton
Ave., Uniontown, Fayette County, is
charged with: one count of  acquisition
of a controlled substance by
misrepresentation; one count of
delivery of a controlled substance; and
one count of criminal conspiracy.     

Palmer Sabatine, 42 , 103 Heritage
Hills Road, Uniontown, Fayette County,
is charged with: one count of  
acquisition of a controlled substance
by misrepresentation; one count of
delivery of a controlled substance; one
count of insurance fraud; and one
count of criminal conspiracy.     

Randell Rice, 27 , 47 Lawton Ave.,
Uniontown, Fayette County, is charged
with: one count of  acquisition of a
controlled substance by
misrepresentation; one count of
delivery of a controlled substance; and
one count of criminal conspiracy.     

Scott Bloom, 43 , 69 1st St., Hibbs,
Fayette County, is charged with: one
count of  acquisition of a controlled
substance by misrepresentation; one
count of delivery of a controlled
substance; one count of insurance
fraud; and one count of criminal

The defendants will be  preliminarily
arraigned before Magisterial District
Judge Michael Metros on Monday,
March 2.    

Attorney General Kane thanked the
Uniontown Police Department for its
assistance with the investigation.

Individuals who have witnessed a drug
deal in their neighborhood or suspect
illegal drug activity where they live or
work can send an anonymous tip to
the Office of Attorney General by
texting PADRUGS + YOUR TIP to

       (A person charged with a crime is
presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
Attorney General Kane
announces 2 child predator

Michael Roberts    Jeramie Platt                

HARRISBURG – Attorney General
Kathleen G. Kane today announced
the arrest of two Pennsylvania men on
unrelated charges of child

The latest arrests occurred over the
past week in Armstrong and Beaver
Counties. The defendants are:  

• Jeramie Platt, 38, 425 Grant Ave.,
Leechburg, Armstrong County; and
• Michael Roberts-Paladino, 40, 345
13th Ave., New Brighton, Beaver

Jeramie Platt of Armstrong County  

During an investigation into the online
sexual abuse of children, agents
discovered child pornography
distributed through a timed image-
sharing service in an online chat room.

The investigation led to Platt’s
residence. Agents with the Office of
Attorney General’s Child Predator
Section and the Leechburg Police
Department executed a search warrant
on Wednesday, and located multiple
media devices which were previewed
by the Computer Forensics Unit.   

A preliminary examination of the
devices revealed numerous images of
child pornography.

Platt was charged with 10 counts of
distribution of child pornography, five
counts of possession of child
pornography, and one count of
criminal use of a communications

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for
March 4.

Attorney General Kane thanked the
Leechburg Police Department for
assisting with Platt’s arrest.  

Platt will be prosecuted by Deputy
Attorney General Anthony Marmo of
the Child Predator Section.  

Michael Roberts-Paladino of Beaver

Michael Roberts-Paladino was
arrested on Thursday following an
undercover investigation into the
dissemination of child pornography.
Agents, who were conducting an online
investigation, identified a computer on
a peer-to-peer network sharing media
files believed to depict child
pornography.  Paladino’s residence
was identified as the source.

Agents from the Office of Attorney
General and the New Brighton Police
Department executed a search warrant
at Paladino’s residence. During the
search, agents from the OAG
Computer Forensics Unit previewed
Paladino’s computer and found
multiple images of child pornography.

Paladino is charged with three counts
of distribution of child pornography, 10
counts of possession of child
pornography, and one count of
criminal use of a communications

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for
March 9.

Attorney General Kane thanked the
New Brighton Police Department for
assisting with Paladino’s arrest.

Paladino will be prosecuted by Deputy
Attorney General Anthony Marmo of
the Child Predator Section.  

Reporting Child Predators  

Suspected child predators can be
reported to the Office of Attorney
General by calling the Child Predator
Hotline at 1-800-385-1044. Individuals
who suspect an online predator or
child sexual abuse can also send an
anonymous tip to the office by texting
PAKIDS + YOUR TIP to 847411.

(A person charged with a crime is
presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
5 Things You Should Know
About the House GOP's Threat
to Shut Down the Department of
Homeland Security
Tanya Somanader

With less than one day left before the
Department of Homeland Security's
funding expires, House Republicans
continue to threaten a shutdown of a
department that keeps Americans
safe. Set to run out tomorrow, this
critical funding pays for more than
30,000 American workers, helps keep
our cities safe and our border secure,
and is essential to our overall national

That's why President Obama has
continually pushed Congress to pass a
clean bill that funds the Department
without any strings attached. Here are
five things you need to know about the
House Republicans' threat to shut
down the Department of Homeland

1. It would furlough thousands of
employees who keep us safe, and
would force many to work without pay.
If the Republicans follow through on
their threat to shut down the
Department, at least 30,000
employees who keep us safe would be
forced to go on furlough. Also,
hundreds of thousands of employees
would be forced to work without pay.
This includes:

•More than 40,000 Border Patrol
agents and Customs and Border
Protection officers
•More than 50,000 TSA aviation
security screeners
•More than 13,000 Immigration and
Customs Enforcement law enforcement
agents and officers
•More than 40,000 active-duty Coast
Guard military members
•More than 4,000 Secret Service law
enforcement agents and officers
Department of Homeland Security:
Shutdown would furlough 30,000

2. It is opposed by both Republican
and Democratic former Secretaries of
Homeland Security.
Regardless of their political party,
former Secretaries of Homeland
Security are voicing their concern with
the House Republicans' threat to shut
down the Department. They stand
united on the fact that funding this
department is essential to our national
security and should never be

3. It threatens the safety and security
of our country.
Without funding, the Department of
Homeland Security will not be at its
fullest operational capacity. What's
more, those who continue to keep
America safe will be doing so without
pay. The Department deserves our full
support to execute its mission and
protect America by helping to prevent
terrorism, securing our borders, and
responding to disasters.

4. It is even opposed by members of
their own party.
Members of the Republican Party are
putting politics aside to demand that
we properly fund our homeland
security. It's not time to play politics.
These members understand that
America's safety and security is of the
utmost importance.

5. It hurts states across the country.
The Department of Homeland Security
works to support all 50 states across
our country. Without funding,
employees will be unable to best
support states and other localities.
This threat to shut down the
Department is a lackluster choice by
House Republicans and ultimately
threatens the security and everyday
well-being of citizens from coast to

FEMA grants help states &
communities prepare, train first
responders, and provide necessary
equipment to do the job. #FundDHS

With only one day remaining, House
Republicans need to get to work and
fund the Department of Homeland
Security. Share these five things and
learn more about why Republicans in
Congress should not play politics with
the security of the American people.


An Anniversary That Offers A
Sweet Treat

(NAPSI)—Fans of soft serve can get a
free cone on March 16. On that day,
the 75th day of the calendar year,
Dairy Queen is thanking fans as part
of its 75th anniversary celebration by
giving away a free cone.

That day, the stores will also collect
donations for Children’s Miracle
Network Hospitals®, which raises funds
to help improve the lives of kids
treated at 170 children’s hospitals
across the U.S. and Canada.

Over the last 30 years, the Dairy
Queen system has raised more than
$100 million for Children’s Miracle
Network Hospitals in various
communities. Donations fund critical
treatments and health care services,
pediatric medical equipment and
charitable care in the area where the
donation was made.

Today, there are more than 6,400
stores in the DQ system in the United
States, Canada and 25 other
countries. The signature soft-serve
curl makes it one of the most widely
recognized cones.

Free cones will be available at
participating locations. Contact
information for Dairy Queen locations
can be found at

Hunger Is A Health Issue For
Older Adults

(NAPSI)—Hunger and food insecurity
are significant health issues for older

That’s an issue underscored by two
recent studies commissioned by AARP
Foundation, according to the
Foundation’s president, Lisa Marsh

Among the key findings:

• Hunger and food insecurity are
health issues for older Americans.
Roughly one in 10 older adults
struggles to put food on the table
every day. Plus, data shows that food
insecurity and poor health go hand in
hand. Chronic conditions such as
diabetes, heart disease and
depression are more prevalent among
the food insecure.

Research also indicates this
relationship between hunger and
health can easily become a vicious
cycle, as low-income seniors have to
spend more on their health care and
thus have even fewer financial
resources to spend on food.

• The “youngest old” are the worst off.
The statistics show that food insecurity
is highest among those aged 50 to 59,
and indeed that the numbers are even
higher for those in their 40s.

Ryerson believes this demonstrates
that there is something systemically
wrong with how nutritious food reaches
those at the lowest end of the
economic spectrum, and that Band-Aid
approaches—as necessary as they
are to meet immediate needs—are not
solving the root of these problems.
With the size of the 50+ population
growing every year, it’s a problem that
needs attention right away.

• Many older adults don’t make good
nutrition choices. The study from
AARP Foundation reveals that many
older Americans may misunderstand
dietary recommendations and find food
labeling a mystery.

In addition, it’s common for older adults
to not have access to nutritious food,
especially if they live in urban areas,
where they sometimes have to shop
for food at places like convenience
marts and drugstores.

Ryerson says the Foundation is
convinced its new strategy of working
with those at each step throughout the
food supply chain will reap major
rewards in improving the nutritional
quality of food available to the food
insecure and ultimately enable these
individuals to live happier, healthier
lives. To learn more or to obtain a
copy of the study, visit

All eyes looking toward Wolf’s
budget address

By PA Independent Staff

Most of this week was spent looking
toward next week, when Gov. Tom
Wolf will offer his first budget proposal.

Wolf has to tackle a shortfall that could
top $2 billion. He’s already proposed
cutting the corporate net income tax in
half and implementing a severance tax
on the natural gas industry, but his
administration has said full details won’
t be available until Tuesday.

The governor’s proposal will start off a
months-long budget process that will
include plenty of counter-proposals
and debate from lawmakers. State
House Republicans have already set a
budget negotiating point by voting for
liquor privatization, and some
lawmakers are looking at more
handouts for the film industry despite
the budget challenges.

Shutterstock Image
WAITING GAME: State lawmakers are
waiting to see what Gov. Tom Wolf will
propose in his first budget address.

Outside the pre-budget scramble in
Harrisburg, there was plenty of
education news in Philadelphia, where
a conservative public-interest law firm
is going after “ghost teachers” and the
School Reform Commission and the
teachers union are heading to the
state’s highest court over a contract

Here’s a look back at the week that

Wolf proposes cutting corporate net
income tax in half

Not long after Florida Gov. Rick Scott
arrived in Philadelphia to poach jobs –
using his state’s lower corporate net
income tax as a carrot – Wolf made a
move that could disarm the Republican
invader in the future.

Wolf announced he wants to cut the
state’s 9.99-percent corporate tax, the
second-highest in the country, in half
over two years. That would make it
even lower than Florida’s 5.5 percent

The tax brings in about $2.5 billion.
The governor has not said how he
would make up for the offset in
revenue, but he’s already proposing a
severance tax, and a KDKA-TV report
indicated Wolf wants to raise the sales
tax and the personal income tax to
spur property tax cuts.

Pennsylvania ponders extras for film
industry in shadow of $2.3 billion deficit

Some Pennsylvania legislators want to
increase handouts to the film industry,
even though the state and its new
governor face a deficit that’s larger
than estimated late last year — about
$2.3 billion.

The state spends millions each year
subsidizing films. Supporters say it
brings jobs, but the trade-off is
sending money to Hollywood that could
be used on schools or roads, for

“If investing in the film industry is a
good idea, the private sector will do it,”
Antony Davies, an associate professor
of economics at Duquesne University,
told “I think the best
thing the state could do is treat all
industries equally”

And while the Department of
Community and Economic
Development has proudly reported to
the Legislature that the program has
“supported an estimated 21,700 jobs,”
those numbers appear to be mushy,
including project estimates. The
audited numbers — from the DCED —
from completed projects awarded tax
credits shows 2,700 jobs.

Lawsuit aims to bust Philadelphia’s
‘ghost teachers’

A lawsuit filed in Philadelphia County
Court is taking aim at the practice of
using so-called “ghost teachers” to
work for the local teachers union on
school time.

In the contract between the
Philadelphia Federation of Teachers
and the School District of Philadelphia,
a provision exists creating an
arrangement allowing teachers to work
for the union full-time.

“These teachers have been out of the
classroom for years,” said Nate
Bohlander, an attorney for the
Fairness Center, which is bringing the
lawsuit. “They call themselves
teachers, they’re paid by the district
and they retire as teachers. But if you
look for them in the classroom, you
won’t find them. They’re ghost

The union says it reimburses the
district for the costs.

SRC taking teachers to Pennsylvania
Supreme Court

The School Reform Commission and
the Philadelphia Federation of
Teachers are going back to court.

The SRC, which controls the cash-
strapped School District of
Philadelphia, will appeal a
Commonwealth Court decision that
blocked it from unilaterally terminating
its teachers’ contract.

In October, the SRC tried to throw out
the contract, which expired two years
ago, in an effort to realize cost savings
by having teachers contribute to their
health benefits.

Philly’s charter schools debate heating

The spirited Philadelphia charter
school debate is far from over.

Last week’s theatric School Reform
Commission meeting created five new
charter schools in the district, but it
also rejected 34 applicants.

“I think we will appeal, and I think they’ll
have to open these things up every
year now. I’m not disheartened by
this,” said David Hardy, CEO of Boy’s
Latin Charter School, whose
application for a Girl’s Latin school was

Cigarette tax legislation last year has
made Philadelphia a friendlier city for
charter schools. Not only must charter
applications be reviewed annually, but
the law empowers a state agency to
overturn applications rejected by the

House votes again to privatize liquor
and wine stores

For the second time, the state House
has signaled it’s time to get
Pennsylvania out of the booze

Republican state representatives
again muscled through legislation that
would end the state’s monopoly on
liquor and wine sales on both the retail
and wholesale level. For consumers, it
would finally mean being able to buy
beer, wine and liquor in the same

Still, the plan faces hurdles. The state
Senate never passed the same
privatization bill in the last session, and
Wolf opposes the idea.
Liquor privatization faces
uncertain future after passing

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — For the second
straight legislative session, state
House Republicans say it’s time to
privatize liquor and wine stores.

One key lawmaker is proclaiming the
government monopoly on adult
beverages is destined to fall.

“There is an inevitable feeling about
this right now, that we’re relentlessly
moving toward privatization,” said state
Rep. Chris Ross, chairman of the
House Liquor Control Committee. “And
I think many people that have been in
opposition are beginning to become
resigned to the fact that it is coming.”

That’s a bold statement, considering
plenty of conservative, privatization
advocates don’t know whether 2015
will be the year Pennsylvania finally
stops making its residents buy booze
from the government.

Photo courtesy of Ballotpedia
TESTING FATE: State Rep. Chris
Ross, the chairman of the House
Liquor Control Committee, said there’s
a sense that privatization is inevitable.

That’s largely because Gov. Tom Wolf,
a Democrat, opposes privatization.
Republicans also could run into
problems before the legislation, House
Bill 466, has a chance to get to Wolf.

Just like the previous time the House
voted for privatization, the proposal
faces an uncertain future in the state
Senate.  Lawmakers there are
interested in improving consumer
convenience and selection, but aren’t
as adamant about privatization as the

State Senate Majority Leader Jake
Corman, R-Centre, last week said
privatization would not come up before
appropriations hearings, which are
scheduled to begin mid-March.

“It hasn’t been one of our top priorities
at this point in time,” Corman said,
indicating that public pension reform is
the main objective for his caucus.

The uncertainties raise the question of
whether Republicans who control the
Legislature squandered their best
opportunity for privatization when they
failed to get a law to GOP Gov. Tom
Corbett before Wolf ousted him in

“There were a number of missed
opportunities that existed. Certainly, it
would have been better to be able to
accomplish it last session, but that
shouldn’t mean that it’s no longer a
priority,” said Neal Lesher, a lobbyist
with the National Federation of
Independent Business.

The bill also has been sent to the
Senate Law and Justice Committee,
chaired by state Sen. Chuck
McIlhinney. The Bucks County
Republican last session presented his
own liquor privatization proposal, which
differs from the House version.

For now, senators are getting
essentially the same legislation that
stalled in their chamber.

Continued Next Column
Continued From Column on Left

House Bill 466 would phase out the
state’s about 600 wine and spirits
stores and give beer distributors the
first crack at licenses that would allow
them to sell beer, wine and liquor.
Grocery stores, already allowed to sell
beer with the proper license, could
also sell wine.

Increased competition from
supermarkets, who have already been
siphoning beer sales, might not be
agreeable longtime beer distributors
who have built their businesses under
the existing rules.

Jason High, chief of staff to state Sen.
Scott Wagner, R-York, said there
probably is broader support for liquor
privatization this session, but said his
boss believes reforms to the beer
industry need to be addressed
separately from wine and liquor.

“Beer is where things get really sticky
over there,” High said.

But House Speaker Mike Turzai, the
main sponsor of HB 466, said he
believes the Senate will be more
receptive this time.

Like the House, the GOP built on its
majority in the Senate and then
elected a new floor leader in Corman.
Three new Republican state senators
also came from the House and voted
for the privatization bill last year.  
Another freshman senator, Camera
Bartolotta, R-Beaver, supports
privatization, too.

“It’s 2015, and we don’t sell buggy
whips anymore,” she said.

Even if Republican lawmakers can get
a bill to Wolf’s desk, it’d be facing an
almost certain veto. Democratic
lawmakers expect Wolf to address
liquor in his Tuesday budget address,
and his press secretary, Jeffrey
Sheridan, said the governor supports
reforms such as lifting Sunday sales
limits and putting more state stores in

“The governor just does not support
privatizing the liquor system. He
supports improving it,” Sheridan said.

That makes privatization far from
inevitable, at least as long as Wolf is in
office. Turzai and Ross still aren’t
giving up hope that Wolf might budge.

“We think he’ll see reason in time,”
Ross said.

Friday, February 27, 2015
Casey Statement on Prime
Minister Netanyahu’s Speech

Washington, DC – Today, U.S.
Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released
the following statement in advance of
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s scheduled
address to Congress:

“Israel is a friend and indispensable
partner in the Middle East, and the
bond between our two countries has
been and always will be unbreakable.
Israel’s security and that of the United
States are inextricably linked. Nothing
should divert attention from the foreign
policy issues our two countries are
facing: the nuclear negotiations with
Iran, the ongoing conflict in Syria,
recent terrorist attacks in Europe and
the threat from Hamas and Hezbollah. I
will attend the Prime Minister's speech.”
March 03, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
In conjunction with Rachel Sussman's
investigation of "deep time" in The
Oldest Living Things in the World, the
Film/Media Studies Program presents
a short film program that includes
Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty (1970).
Cost: $2.00
Host name: Samek Art Museum
Venue: Campus Theatre
413 Market St, Lewisburg, PA, 17837
570-577-3792 -

March 03, 2015 - March 08, 2015
Maple Fest - celebrate a week of Maple
delights with food features, a new beer being
tapped, and maple events happening for the
kids all week! Check out our website: for more
Cost: Free Admission
Host name: Old Forge Brewing
Venue: Old Forge Brewing Company
298 Mill Street, Danville, PA, 17821
Barletta Amendment Emphasizes
After-School Programs

Congressman Cites SHINE as Example
of Success for Children

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou
Barletta, PA-11, today succeeded in
offering an amendment to H.R. 5, the
Student Success Act, to require
localities to document what they are
doing to implement after-school,
before-school, or summer programs
for children.  Barletta’s amendment
encourages programs similar to SHINE
(Schools and Homes in Education),
which he helped foster in his own
Congressional district.  The
amendment was adopted by the U.S.
House of Representatives by
unanimous voice vote.

“We already know after-school
programs help keep kids safe, improve
academic performance, and help
working families across America,”
Barletta said on the floor of the
House.  “The benefits of these
programs span all aspects of our

Barletta noted that students who
participate in after-school programs
have shown improvements in
homework completion, class
participation, and attendance.  He also
expressed optimism that the data
collected from the newly-required
reporting will further demonstrate the
importance of after-school programs.

“For example, I’m proud that SHINE is
expanding from Carbon County into
Luzerne County in my district,” Barletta
said.  “This nationally recognized
program offers after-school and
summer programs for kids in Pre-K
through college.”

Barletta, along with Pennsylvania
Senator John Yudichak (D-14th
District), has promoted SHINE in
Carbon and Luzerne Counties in
31°  32°

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