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Monday April 27, 2015
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The Annual Renaissance  
Jamboree

Bloomsburg -
 The Annual
Renaissance Jamboree drew large
crowds even though it seemed like a
fall day weather wise. From Magicians
to Bands and local fire departments
and rescue group for pets.

Mike Squeaky Rehrig, of the
Bloomsburg Fire Department
demonstrates what it takes to get to
the top of a ladder truck, and he isn't
even in full gear, when he is in full gear
that makes the climb much more
difficult.

Monday Events


TODDLER STORY TIME


Toddler story time (18 months to 3
years old) is a 30 minute program
designed especially for younger
children and their parents and
caregivers. Story time activities include
the sharing of books, finger plays, and
other activities. At least one adult
needs to accompany a child attending
toddler story time, and adults are
encouraged to participate in the
activities.



Start: April 27, 2015 11:30 am
End: April 27, 2015 12:00 pm
Venue: McBride Memorial Library
Host: McBride Memorial Library
Phone: 570-752-2241
Address:

500 Market Street, Berwick, PA,
18603, United States        

Cost: FREE


TODDLER TIME


Good news for people age eighteen
months to three years old! TODDLER
TIME begins on Monday, 9 February at
9:15 AM. Enjoy stories, songs, finger-
plays and a puppet or two in the
children’s library on the second floor.
The twenty-minute program continues
every Monday through 11 May, except
when the library closes for federal
holidays or severe weather conditions.
No registration necessary.



Start: April 27, 2015 9:15 am
End: April 27, 2015 9:15 am
Venue: Bloomsburg Public Library
Host: Bloomsburg Public Library
Phone: 570-784-0883
Address:

225 Market Street, Bloomsburg, PA,
17815, United States        

Cost: FREE


PRESCHOOL STORYTIME


3-5 year olds and older are invited to
attend a weekly 25 – 30 minute
program that includes storytelling and
a variety of other activities such as
finger plays, games, and crafts.
Various themes are presented
throughout the year. Children must be
accompanied by an adult.



Start: April 27, 2015 6:00 pm
End: April 27, 2015 6:30 pm
Venue: McBride Memorial Library
Host: McBride Memorial Library
Phone: 5707522241
Address:

500 N. Market St, Berwick, PA, 18603,
United States        

Cost: FREE


SPAGHETTI DINNER


The Friends of McBride Memorial
Library are holding a spaghetti dinner
and bake sale at the Maria Assunta in
Berwick.  Eat in or take out.


Start: April 27, 2015 4:00 pm
End: April 27, 2015 7:00 pm
Venue: Maria Assunta
Host: McBride Memorial Library
Address:

901 Monroe Street, Berwick, PA,
18603, United States        

Cost: $7.00/psn.


BOOKWORMS BOOK CLUB


Sponsored by the Friends of the
Thomas Beaver Library.  Meet on the
4th Monday of the month in the Peters’
Community Room.


Start: April 27, 2015 6:30 pm
End: April 27, 2015 6:30 pm
Venue: Thomas Beaver Library
Host: Friends of the Thomas Beaver
Free Library
Phone: 570-275-4180
Address:

205 Ferry Street, Danville, PA, 17821,
United States        

Cost: FREE


BUTTERFLIES


clyde peelingExperience hundreds of
butterflies in flight as you walk through
our native butterfly greenhouse.
Almost everyone appreciates the
beauty of butterflies, but how much do
you really know about them? Did you
know that butterflies can’t hear? Like
snakes, they sense vibrations through
the surfaces they touch. Did you know
butterflies are found everywhere but
Antarctica; they taste with their feet;
and some, like the Monarch, can
migrate up to 2,000 miles? Visit us
April 25 through November 1, 2015 to
see different species and learn all
about these winged creatures.

Contact: info@reptiland.com,
570.538.1869 or visit reptiland.com for
details


Start: April 27, 2015
End: April 27, 2015
Venue: Clyde Peeling's Reptiland
Host: Clyde Peeling's Reptiland
Phone: 570-538-1869
Address:

18628 US Route 15, Allenwood, PA,
17810, United States         
Public Input Meeting Tonight  To
Discuss Town Park 6:00 PM

The Town of Bloomsburg will be having
a Public Input Meeting in Council
Chambers at Town Hall on Monday,
April 27th starting at 6:00 pm to hear
your ideas about what you want to see
at the Bloomsburg Town Park. Please
consider attending this meeting if you
are interested in telling Council YOUR
ideas for new equipment, more
community events, food trucks, music
in the park, additional recreation
options, and more!



We want to hear from you!


If you cannot attend the Public Input
Meeting on April 27th at 6:00pm, but
are interested in providing your ideas,
you can also attend the Community
and Economic Development
Committee Meeting on April 28th at
8:30 am in Council Chambers. the
Bloomsburg Town Park.
Weekly Address: Fighting for
Trade Deals that Put American
Workers First

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
April 25, 2015

Hi, everybody. I’ve talked a lot lately
about why new trade deals are
important to our economy.

Today, I want to talk about why new
trade deals are important to our values.

They’re vital to middle-class economics
-- the idea that this country does best
when everyone gets their fair shot,
everyone does their fair share, and
everyone plays by the same set of
rules.

These are simple values. They’re
American values. And we strive to
make sure our own economy lives up
to them, especially after a financial
crisis brought about by recklessness
and greed. But we also live in a world
where our workers have to compete on
a global scale. Right now, on an
uneven playing field. Where the rules
are different. And that’s why America
has to write the rules of the global
economy -- so that our workers can
compete on a level playing field.

I understand why a lot of people are
skeptical of trade deals. Past deals
didn’t always live up to the hype. They
didn’t include the kind of protections
we’re fighting for today.

We have lessons to learn from the
past -- and we have learned them. But
trying to stop a global economy at our
shores isn’t one of those lessons. We
can’t surrender to the future --
because we are meant to win the
future. If America doesn’t shape the
rules of the global economy today, to
benefit our workers, while our economy
is in a position of new global strength,
then China will write those rules. I’ve
seen towns where manufacturing
collapsed, plants closed down, and
jobs dried up. And I refuse to accept
that for our workers. Because I know
when the playing field is level, nobody
can beat us.

That’s why, when I took office, we
started thinking about how to revamp
trade in a way that actually works for
working Americans. And that’s what we’
ve done with a new trade partnership
we’re negotiating in the Asia-Pacific --
home to the world’s fastest-growing
markets.

It’s the highest-standard trade
agreement in history. It’s got strong
provisions for workers and the
environment -- provisions that, unlike
in past agreements, are actually
enforceable. If you want in, you have
to meet these standards. If you don’t,
then you’re out. Once you’re a part of
this partnership, if you violate your
responsibilities, there are actually
consequences. And because it would
include Canada and Mexico, it fixes a
lot of what was wrong with NAFTA, too.

So this isn’t a race to the bottom, for
lower wages and working conditions.
The trade agreements I’m negotiating
will drive a race to the top. And we’re
making sure American workers can
retool through training programs and
community colleges, and use new skills
to transition into new jobs.

If I didn’t think this was the right thing
to do for working families, I wouldn’t be
fighting for it. We’ve spent the past six
years trying to rescue the economy,
retool the auto industry, and revitalize
American manufacturing. And if there
were ever an agreement that undercut
that progress, or hurt those workers, I
wouldn’t sign it. My entire presidency is
about helping working families recover
from recession and rebuild for the
future. As long as I’m President, that’s
what I’ll keep fighting to do.

Thanks

Earthquake in Nepal kills more
than
2,200 infrastructure collapses.


KATHMANDU: A powerful earthquake
struck Nepal on Saturday, killing at
least 1,180 people across a swath of
four countries as the violently shaking
earth collapsed houses, leveled
centuries-old temples and triggered
avalanches on Mount Everest.

It was the worst tremor to hit the poor
South Asian nation in over 80 years. At
least 1,130 people were confirmed
dead across Nepal, according to the
police. Another 34 were killed in India,
12 in Tibet and two in Bangladesh.
Two Chinese citizens died on the
Nepal-China border. The death toll is
almost certain to rise, said deputy
Inspector General of Police Komal
Singh Bam.

It was a few minutes before noon when
the quake, with a preliminary
magnitude of 7.8, began to rumble
across the densely populated
Kathmandu Valley, rippling through the
capital Kathmandu and spreading in all
directions — north toward the
Himalayas and Tibet, south to the Indo-
Gangetic plains, east toward the
Brahmaputra delta of Bangladesh and
west toward the historical city of
Lahore in Pakistan.

Shrish Vaidya, a businessman, was
with his family in his two-story house
on the outskirts of Kathmandu, when
the quake struck. “It is hard to
describe. The house was shaking like
crazy. We ran out and it seemed like
the road was heaving up and down,”
he said. “I don't remember anything
like this before. Even my parents can't
remember anything this bad.”

Officials said an avalanche had buried
parts of Mount Everest's base camp in
Nepal where hundreds of
mountaineers have gathered at the
start of the annual climbing season.

“An avalanche from Mt. Pumori has hit
the base camp, burying a part of it,
“Gyanendra Kumar Shrestha, an
official in Nepal's tourism department,
told

“We are trying to assess how many are
injured. There might be over 1,000
people there right now, including
foreign climbers and Nepalese
supporting staff."

Nepal bureau chief Ammu Kannampilly,
on an assignment to Everest, was
among those caught up in the chaos
and reported that snowfall meant it was
impossible for helicopters to reach the
area.

Two experienced mountaineers said
that panic erupted at base camp which
was full of climbing teams and had
been “severely damaged”, while one
said the quake triggered a “huge
avalanche”.

International aid groups rushed to
respond Saturday to a massive
earthquake in Nepal that claimed more
than 1,000 lives as aftershocks and
severed communications hampered
rescue efforts.

“We do not yet know the scope of the
damage, but this could be one of the
deadliest and most devastating
earthquakes since the 1934 tremor
which devastated Nepal and Bihar,”
said Jagan Chapagain, Asia/Pacific
director of the International Federation
of the Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies

The IFCR said it was extremely
concerned about the fate of rural
villages close to the epicentre of the
quake, some 80 kilometres (50 miles)
from the capital Kathmandu.

“Roads have been damaged or
blocked by landslides and
communication lines are down
preventing us from reaching local Red
Cross branches to get accurate
information,” said Chapagain in a
statement.

Historic tower collapses

The worst damage was reported in
Kathmandu, where the historic nine-
storey Dharahara tower, a major
tourist attraction, was among the
buildings to have been brought down.

At least a dozen bodies were taken
away from the ruins of the 19th century
tower, according to an AFP
photographer who saw similar scenes
of multiple casualties in other parts of
the city.

While contact with Nepal was sporadic,
a senior Nepalese diplomat warned
that the final toll could run into many
hundreds.

“We have received reports that there
is a big loss of property and life in
Nepal,” Krishna Prasad Dhakal, the
deputy chief of mission at Nepal's
Embassy in New Delhi.

“Possibly hundreds of people have
died in various parts of the country,
particularly in Kathmandu and
Pokhara."

At least 26 people were known to have
died in India, including 17 in the
eastern state of Bihar, while buildings
in the capital New Delhi had to be
evacuated.

The United States Geological Survey
and India's meteorological service said
the shallow quake struck 77 kilometres
(48 miles) northwest of Kathmandu at
0611 GMT, with walls crumbling and
families racing outside their homes.

“The walls of houses have collapsed
around me onto the road. All the
families are outside in their yards
huddled together,”


Another resident recounted scenes of
panic and mayhem.

“Everything started shaking.
Everything fell down. The walls around
the main road have collapsed. The
national stadium's gates have
collapsed,” Anupa Shrestha said.

The quake tore through the middle of
highways in the capital and also
caused damage to the country's only
international airport which was briefly
closed.

Kari Cuelenaere, an official at the
Dutch embassy, said the impact had
swept the water out of a swimming pool
at a Kathmandu hotel where Dutch
national day was being celebrated.

“It was horrible, all of a sudden all the
water came up out of the pool and
drenched everyone, the children
started screaming,” Cuelenaere told
AFP. “Some parts of the city fell down,
there was dust rising... There were
many (rescue) helicopters.

Aftershock tremors could be felt more
than two hours after the initial quake.

Initially measured at 7.5 magnitude,
the quake was later adjusted to 7.8,
with a depth of 15 kilometres, the
USGS said. It hit 73 kilometres east of
the tourist town of Pokhara.

US sending disaster response team

The United States is sending a
disaster response team to earthquake-
hit Nepal and has authorised an initial
$1 million to address immediate needs,
the US Agency for International
Development said Saturday.

The agency “is launching a DART
team to respond to the #NepalQuake
and has authorised an initial $1m to
address immediate needs,” the Office
of Foreign Disaster Assistance chief
Jeremy Konyndyk said on Twitter.

Tremors felt across region

Witnesses and media reports said the
tremors lasted between 30 seconds
and two minutes.

“We are in the process of finding more
information and are working to reach
out to those affected, both at home
and in Nepal,” Indian Prime Minister
Narendra Modi said in a tweet.

China's official Xinhua news agency
said that two people, including an 83-
year-old woman, were killed in the
Tibet region as a result of the quake.

The earthquake was also felt across
large areas of Bangladesh, triggering
panic in the capital Dhaka as people
rushed out onto the streets.

In the garment manufacturing hub of
Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, at
least 50 workers were injured after the
quake set off a stampede in a garment
factory, according to the private
Jamuna television.

The area has a history of earthquakes,
with a 6.8 magnitude quake that hit
eastern Nepal in August 1988 killing
721 people.

A magnitude 8.1 quake killed 10,700
people in Nepal and eastern India in
1934.

Pakistan offers assistance to Nepal
and India

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is in
London on an official visit, has
expressed his "deep shock on the
reports of a massive earthquake that
has caused devastation in Nepal and
Northern India this morning", said a
statement issued by the foreign office.

The statement also said, "the
Government of Pakistan and its people
extend their heartfelt condolences and
sympathies to the governments and
the peoples of Nepal and India on the
tragedy that has caused loss of
precious lives and properties".

According to the statement, the
government of Pakistan has instructed
its missions in the two countries to
approach their respective host
governments to ascertain the damages
caused and the requirement of relief
assistance.

The National Disaster Management
Authority (NDMA) of Pakistan has been
readied to take the relief assistance at
a short notice, the statement said.


Millennials: Should We All Be
Following Their Lead?


(NAPSI)—For college sophomore
Rutha Nuguse, giving back has always
been core to who she is. “Aside from
my work experience, including my
volunteer experience on my résumé or
profile allows me to proudly show the
contribution I’ve made to my
community and share more about my
character,” said Nuguse. “It’s a core
part of who I am as a person and
professional in my off-line life, so why
wouldn’t I include it in my online
profiles?”

Nuguse isn’t alone. While millennials
often find themselves portrayed as
overly self-absorbed or entitled, the
reality is that they are making a
positive impact on the world around
them, and they are leading the trend of
making social impact work a core part
of their identity, both personally and
professionally.

LinkedIn, the world’s largest
professional network, recently took a
closer look at the 10 million members
who have added their social impact to
their profiles and found that
millennials, students in particular, set
the precedent. As a result, the top 10
cities in the U.S. that lead the way with
giving back, and letting the world know,
are all cities with universities or young
workforces.

The top 10 cities with the most
LinkedIn members who have included
their volunteer experience and causes
they care about are:

1. Bloomington, Ind.

2. Fort Collins, Colo.

3. Lafayette, Ind.

4. Lawrence, Kan.

5. Madison, Wis.

6. Corvallis, Ore.

7. State College, Pa.

8. Austin, TX

9. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.

10. Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

If you’re still leaving your volunteer
experience out of the equation, you’re
missing out—42 percent of hiring
managers surveyed say they view
volunteer experience as equivalent to
paid work experience. Volunteer
experience can be especially important
for new graduates and first-time job
seekers who have not amassed years
of formal work experience. Including
your volunteer experience as a part of
your professional profile lets a
potential employer know more of who
you are, what you care about and how
you work. It’s also often a tiebreaker
between two candidates—especially if
your passions align with your new team’
s interests.

Professional identities are no longer
just about what you do from 9−5, but
what you’re passionate about outside
of work as well, and few things are
better than making an important and
positive impact in your community,
while also advancing your career. For
Nuguse, that has included work with a
local youth leadership organization—
experience that will no doubt help her
as she moves forward in her career.

LinkedIn for Good is LinkedIn’s social
impact arm, focused on connecting
professionals (including our
employees) with opportunities to
impact the world. To learn more, visit
www.linkedinforgood.linkedin.com or
go to www.volunteer.linkedin.com to
find a skilled volunteering opportunity
nearby.
HEALTH BULLETIN

Sign On To Save Lives


(NAPSI)—Every three minutes,
someone in America is diagnosed with
a blood cancer such as leukemia or
lymphoma. The good news: A bone
marrow transplant may help save
these patients’ lives. But a transplant
requires a matching donor, and 70
percent of people don’t have a match
in their families. So they depend on the
generosity of others—maybe even you.

One Man’s Story

Consider the case of 20-year-old
Sheldon Mba. While prepping for final
exams, Mba began to feel ill. This
optimistic young man from Durham, N.
C., thought his lingering stomach
ailments and prolonged fatigue would
pass after his workload lessened and
he got more sleep. But when he
collapsed on his way to an end-of-year
ceremony, he went to the hospital.

After several tests, doctors determined
Mba was battling severe aplastic
anemia and PNH, two rare marrow
failure disorders. His only hope for a
cure is a marrow transplant. Now, he
and his doctors are searching for a
matched donor.

He’s searching not only for himself but
for others who also need matching
marrow donors, particularly African
Americans. Mba knows that patients
are most likely to match someone who
shares their ancestry and African
American patients have the lowest
odds of finding a match compared to
all other populations. More African
American donors are urgently needed
to save more lives.

Mba is a huge advocate for Be The
Match, the world’s leading nonprofit
organization focused on saving lives
through marrow and cord blood
transplantation.

“There is a cure for these diseases
and cancers. And the cure could be
you,” he says, adding, “People are
dying from things like sickle cell
disease and leukemia because their
match isn’t on the registry. You could
be that match.”

There is a great need for young,
diverse donors: Currently, the
likelihood of having a matched,
available donor on the Be The Match
Registry is 97 percent for Caucasians
but for African American and black
patients, the likelihood can be as low
as 66 percent.

How to Help

That’s where you can come in. You
can register as a donor and then stay
informed and committed, so that if you’
re selected, you’re ready to move
forward.

Learn More

For further information, including how
to sign up as a donor or to contribute
in other ways, go to BeTheMatch.org.


COLLEGE LIFE



Students Will Do Anything To
Get An “A”


(NAPSI)—A recent survey revealed
just how stressed today’s college
students are, and that despite
overwhelming disapproval of the
misuse, abuse and diversion of ADHD
prescription stimulant medications,
some students still believe that
students who misuse are just doing
what they have to do to keep up with
the pressures of college.

Students Are Conflicted

A spring 2014 online survey of over
2,000 U.S. college students1,
conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of
the Coalition to Prevent ADHD
Medication Misuse (CPAMM), found
that college students consider taking
ADHD prescription stimulant
medications that were not prescribed
to them to be unethical (75 percent), a
form of cheating (when used for
schoolwork) (59 percent), extremely or
very harmful (73 percent) and a “big
deal” (80 percent), with 65 percent
likening the misuse of ADHD
prescription stimulants to do
schoolwork to athletes who use
performance-enhancing drugs.

On the other hand, 42 percent of
students incorrectly believe misusing
ADHD prescription stimulants is no
more harmful than an energy drink or
a strong cup of coffee, and nearly half
(48 percent) believe that students who
misuse are just doing what they have
to do to keep up with the pressures of
college. Overall, 64 percent of
students declare that they would “do
anything to get an A”, and 29 percent
admit they will do whatever it takes to
succeed academically, even if it
requires breaking the rules.

Another perception of note is that 75
percent of students believe at least
some of their peers have used ADHD
prescription stimulants not prescribed
to them. Reported rates of actual
nonmedical use vary, but a 2013
survey at one large public university
indicated that 9.3 percent of college
students reported nonmedical use of
prescription stimulant medication in the
past year.2

Who’s At Risk?

Two groups that stand out based on
the survey are members of Greek
organizations (fraternities and
sororities) and athletes (members of
varsity, junior varsity, intramural and/or
club teams). These groups are
significantly more likely than their
respective counterparts to say they
are at least somewhat likely to use
ADHD prescription stimulants in a way
that is different from a doctor’s
instructions (fraternity and sorority
members, 40 percent; non-members,
23 percent; athletes, 36 percent; non-
athletes, 21 percent). These groups
are also more likely to believe that
using ADHD prescription stimulants
without a prescription can help
students get better grades even if they
don’t have ADHD: 52 percent of
fraternity and sorority members
(versus 42 percent of non-members)
and 50 percent of athletes (versus 41
percent of non-athletes).

Where Do College Students Believe
Their Peers Are Getting ADHD
Prescription Stimulants?

Nearly half (48 percent) of college
students think an avenue to obtain
prescription stimulants is pretending to
have ADHD and getting a prescription
from a health care professional. In
addition, 87 percent of students
believe friends who have a prescription
are the primary source of prescription
ADHD stimulants for those who are
misusing.

Students’ Perception Of University
Policies

Despite a belief by two in five students
(40 percent) that misuse is a problem
at their school, nearly three in five
students (57 percent) believe that the
administration and the professors at
their school are unaware of the misuse
of ADHD prescription stimulants on
campus. In addition, 58 percent of
college students feel that their school
does not make it clear that it does not
approve of ADHD prescription
stimulant medication misuse.

Taking Action

Members of CPAMM include The
American Academy of Family
Physicians (AAFP), Children and
Adults with Attention-Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), The
Jed Foundation, NASPA—Student
Affairs Administrators in Higher
Education, The BACCHUS Initiatives of
NASPA, and Shire, the sole funder of
CPAMM. CPAMM has also enlisted
student advisors to help inform the
Coalition’s strategies and messaging.

CPAMM strives to be a trusted source
of information on the issue of ADHD
prescription stimulant medication
misuse, abuse and diversion—with a
primary focus on college students.
Throughout 2015, CPAMM plans to:

• Survey medical professionals to
identify primary-care based strategies
to help reduce ADHD prescription
stimulant misuse;

• Conduct focus groups among college
students and administrators to try to
gain a better understanding of how the
college environment affects the issue
and what kind of programmatic efforts
might be most effective;

• Evaluate potential partnerships with
other organizations, associations and
programs that reach college students;

• Develop peer-to-peer interventions
for use by college students to help
prevent the nonmedical use of ADHD
prescription stimulant medications; and

• Convene experts, influencers and
stakeholders at a two-day Summit to
identify ways to help prevent ADHD
prescription stimulant misuse on
college campuses.

Learn More

For more information regarding
CPAMM or the “College Students and
the Misuse, Abuse and Diversion of
ADHD Prescription Stimulant
Medications” survey, visit CPAMM.org,
and join the conversation online using
#CPAMMorg.

About the Survey Method

Harris Poll conducted the survey on
behalf of the Coalition to Prevent
ADHD Medication Misuse (CPAMM).
The survey was administered online
within the United States between May
15 and June 11, 2014, among 2,056 U.
S. college students (full-time, 91
percent, and part-time, 9 percent),
defined as adults aged 18 to 24
enrolled and seeking a degree at a 4-
year college or university and
attending at least some in-person
classes. Among that group, 164 were
diagnosed with ADHD. Data are
weighted where necessary by age
within gender, race/ethnicity, region,
and propensity to be online in order to
bring them in line with their actual
proportions in the population.


HINTS FOR HOMEOWNERS



Nine Simple And Effective Ways
To Save Energy


(NAPSI)—When it comes to keeping
your home comfortable, you can keep
your cool—and more of your cold
cash—if you heed these nine hints:

1. Don’t cool an empty house. Keep
your house warmer than normal when
you are away, and lower the
thermostat setting to 78° F only when
you are at home and need cooling. A
programmable thermostat can make it
easy.

2. Don’t try to cool the house faster
with a colder-than-normal setting. It
doesn’t work that way and could result
in unnecessary expense.

3. Be a fan of fans. A ceiling fan will let
you raise the air conditioner setting
about 4° F with no reduction in
comfort. Just remember to turn it off
when you leave the room. Fans cool
people, not places. Consider installing
fans in the kitchen, bathroom and
laundry room, and be sure they’re
vented to the outside.

4. Don’t let your cooling dollars go out
the window. According to the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban
Development, “A good way to keep
your house cool in the summer is to
shade it from the outside...any way
that stops the sun before it gets
through the glass is seven times as
good at keeping you cool as blinds or
curtains on the inside.” Solar
screening is just such an outside sun
barrier, with specially designed yarns
for strength and a tight weave for
better shading ability. Sun control
screens work with the window open or
closed, offering daytime privacy while
reducing the chances of drapes and
furniture fading. Just like conventional
fiberglass screening, these screens
offer excellent insect protection, even
against tiny pests, are easy to see out
of, and let air flow in well when the
window is open. Using the same
method as standard insect screening,
Phifer’s Sun Control Products can be
installed by a professional or the
homeowners themselves as a screen
on the outside of the window or in a
porch application. The screens block
65 to 90 percent of solar heat and
glare before they enter the glass for a
more comfortable indoor temperature,
more efficient air-conditioning and
energy conservation. In fact, studies
have shown that shaded windows can
save up to 25 percent of the cost of air-
conditioning when compared to
unshaded windows. These shading
fabrics are woven with either fiberglass
or vinyl-coated polyester yarns, and
many have Microban® antimicrobial
product protection to inhibit the growth
of bacteria, mold and mildew. Phifer
Sun Control Products come in a range
of colors, including black, beige,
brown, gray, stucco, rattan and
bronze, to complement the
appearance of the home.

5. Don’t let your thermostat be fooled
by lamps or TV sets nearby. It will
sense the heat these appliances give
off and “think” the whole house is
warmer than it is.

6. It’s a bright idea to use efficient
lighting that runs cooler than
incandescent bulbs.

7. Keep hot air from leaking in. Caulk
and weather-strip to seal air leaks
around doors and windows.

8. Use heat-related appliances
sparingly. Wash only full loads of
dishes and clothes. Consider air-
drying both.

9. Stay out of hot water. Turn down the
temperature of your water heater to
the warm setting (120° F). Take short
showers instead of baths.

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YOUR PET’S HEALTH



Prevention Is Key When
Treating Ticks And Fleas


(NAPSI)—When it comes to your pet’s
health, investing the time and effort to
use tick and flea preventatives can
really pay dividends. For starters, such
treatment will do more than just
eliminate your pet’s itchy fleas and
prevent allergic reactions.

The right medication can also prevent
fleas, ticks and other insects from
biting your pet, and prevent these
pests from getting inside your home,
on your furniture and in your bedding.

Prevention Beats Treatment

Experts agree that fleas and ticks are
stubborn parasites that can cause
discomfort and transmit dangerous
diseases. They can also be difficult to
get rid of. That’s why prevention really
is the best medicine.

Many pet owners believe that a topical
application offers the best protection
against ticks and fleas, but ingredients
that make the better products effective
can also cause them to be expensive.

Now, thanks to a new product, it’s
possible to provide your pet with
exceptional protection for up to 40
percent less than vet prices.*

The product, called PetArmor® Plus,
contains fipronil, the No. 1 vet-
recommended active ingredient, and
(s)-methoprene, which prevents eggs
from hatching and growing. PetArmor
Plus provides the same flea and tick
protection as FRONTLINE® Plus but at
a significant savings.

As an added plus, the product is safe
to use in a multipet household.
However, pets should be separated for
24 hours following application to
ensure that the product has dried
completely, thus helping to reduce the
chance of other pets ingesting the
product off of the treated pet.

Available in three application doses, it
can be used for dogs over 4 lbs. or
cats over 1.5 lbs. and 8 weeks of age
or older. In addition, it can be used on
breeding, pregnant and lactating
animals.

Additional Tips

• It’s important to read a product’s label
and prepare to follow directions
thoroughly before applying any
powerful medicine to your pet. Even if
you have a product made specifically
for dogs, applying it correctly is still
essential.

• Buy the right product for the right
species. Always choose a cat product
for cats and a dog product for dogs.
These products are different
formulations based on the pet’s
species and should never be used
interchangeably.

• Know your pet’s weight.

• Consider your pet’s age.

PetArmor® Plus is available in four
weight breaks for dogs and one weight
break for cats and should only be used
on pets 8 weeks of age or older.

NEWS FOR OLDER AMERICANS



Increased Activity Can Help
Prevent Falls


(NAPSI)—The National Council on
Aging reports that falls are the leading
cause of injuries for those 65 years of
age and over. In fact, every 14
seconds, an older adult is seen in an
emergency department for a fall-
related injury—but you can protect
yourself.

“People have always assumed falls are
inevitable with aging, but we now know
many falls are preventable through
simple lifestyle changes, such as
increased levels of physical activity,”
said Robert Flippo, CEO of
MobileHelp, a company that makes
mobile Personal Emergency Response
Systems (M-PERS). The systems give
active seniors expedited emergency
help in case of a fall.

He acknowledged knowing how much
exercise to add to your day can be a
challenge. To help seniors monitor
their exercise progress, the company
has introduced a new activity-tracking
application. The application uses the
components of the company’s existing
M- PERS solution.

This means customers and caregivers
can take advantage of the new health-
focused benefits without having to
invest in extra technology devices or
learn how to use new software.

To learn more, visit www.mobilehelp.
com or call (800) 761- 9185.
Columbia County Dog Officers will be checking
for Dog Licenses in the county this week
Bloomsburg - I had a chance to sit
down with State Representative Dave
Millard on Friday to get an update as
to what is going on in Harrisburg.

TBN - Hows the budget negotiations
going in Harrisburg?

DM - We have conducted all the
hearings with all the state agency's
and all the state related agency's
during the month of March. That
concluded the third week of March. We
will take all that testimony and compare
it to the governors budget proposal,
and from there we will probably have a
counter proposal.  Because the
governors proposal called for a lot of
tax increases
,  plus a lot of additional
spending, while we still have a
structural deficit  of about 1.5 billion
dollars.

If you stretch your arms out, left and
right, we are that far apart. And we
have to come back towards the center,
and we will. There is nothing to be
overly concerned about at th
is point,
this is the way it works. People have
different idea's and then they have to
get together and agree on one single
item.

TBN - Is there anything in the budget
from your point of view that is a no -
go?

DM - The additional spending is a no -
go, because it is something that you
would have to sustain year after year
after year spending, and that's roughly
4 Billion extra dollars a year. And we
don't have it currently. I think the silver
lining in all of this is when the two
parties have to meet in the center, in
this 2 year session
we are making a
very serious effort to address property
tax  reform and I think we will also
make a very serious effort to make
change in pension reform.

Those 2 items are key first of all, you
know the cost of education, the
question comes up is how do we arrive
at paying for it? Well, you have state
dollars and federal dollars involved
with some of it, but the bulk is from
local taxes and property taxes. And
when that filters out to those people
who are paying those property taxes
year after year, that is increased to
meet teachers salaries  and benefits,
and pensions are apart of the teacher
benefit package. Because of that there
has been an outcry and will always be
an outcry unless you address that. So
every attempt made to look at property
ta
x reform to save or scale back
property taxes that individuals pay to
the school districts, and while also
putting a control on spending at the
school district level is key to success
with that.

TBN - I was reading about a week or
so ago from a newspaper in Harrisburg
that the property tax reform was a
dead issue, is that true?

DM -  I can tell you it is not a dead
issue. I serve on the appropriations
committee, I was at a meeting a week
ago, and we discussed one issue and
that was property tax reduction. This
isn't going to be property tax
elimination. Let me be clear, it was
reduction. The proposal we will be
coming out with in the next 2 weeks
because of the timing, to have it all
done by June 30th. That every dollar
from identified sources of revenue
would be used dollar for dollar
property tax reduction. And its
significant, I can't reveal the details
,
where its coming from or what it is, but
it will be an eyeopener.

TBN - Lets talk about pensions,
pensions are hard on everyone from
state budgets to local budgets. Can
this be changed?

DM -  It use to be that, I'm going to pick
some arbitrary numbers here, it use to
be that 2.5 percent was dedicated to
their pension. When the economy
tanked and continued to tank and we
were in a long drawn out recession.
This all added to the negative return
on investments in the open market. A
lot of those pension plans we invested
in a variety of stocks that took heavy
losses during the f
inancial crisis. The
forecast that we see is that the
numbers are on the rise but if you
smooth them out over a period of time,
it not enough of rise. It isn't enough to
recoup what had been lost and the
contributions that were not made
during the good times. During the
good time there we not a lot of
contributions made because the
returns were good. Which bode well at
that time for school districts because
they didn't have to pass along any kind
of an increase along to the taxpayers
for the pensions.

A change was made in the late 90's
early 2000's that put in the multiplier
for pensions that was retro active. In
other words, if the multiplier was 1.5
and they made it 2, it wasn't from that
time forward, it was retroactive. That
created a recipe for disaster when you
didn't have investments coming in.

TBN - The Keystone Opportunity
Zones that help large businesses
come into a specific area that has
been set aside for tax breaks for them
if they build a business such as a
factory and hire so many people. Is
there a way to help the small
businessman such as myself? There
doesn't seem to be any help for us.

DM - There are plans out there to help
small businesses, but like the big
programs you have to meet certain
criteria. I have spoken to a number of
businesses interested in star
ting a
small business, and there is some help
out there. It isn't  all financial. Our
universities help in may ways they
have programs in place jut to help
small businesses. The SBDC is the
Home Development Corporation is
really the umbrella corporation for
businesses whether it's an S Corp or a
LLC .

TBN - There has been talk for about a
year about possibly allowing
Pennsylvanians to use marijuana.
Would you vote in favor of such a bill?

DM - Senator Daylin Leach did that
proposal. There are some other
people involved with it as well.
Marijuana, there will be discussions on
2 facets of it, one is going to be liquid
form, which is for medical purposes
and the other is recreational use.

I think the recreational portion is dead
in the water. I don't think there is an
appetite for putting more idiots on the
road that are under the influence of
something. But i do think the medical
has a lot of value. If somebody is
gravely ill, there are a lot of
prescription drugs that dull pain, the
liquid form i think would be an add on
to whats already available. It would
have to be prescribed by a Dr. and
monitored  under continuing care, and
certainly not available for recreational
use.

TBN - A new proposal has come up in
the last week or so about extending
bar hours until 4 AM. What do think
about this?

DM -  The initial feedback that
I have
heard from other areas across the
state
, I haven't heard anything locally,
and that is bar owners do not want it.
So thats the initial consensus, but you
have to give things like this time to see
what the response is going to be
overall.

TBN: So would you support extending
bar hours another 2 hours?

DM - You know, I don't have enough
information yet, Ill have to be able to
weigh the pros and cons of the issue. I
have been working on the budget and
this is a new issue, so i don't have
enough information now to say if i
would or would or would not favor this
issue.

TBN - There is a bill currently floating
around the Capitol with regard to Fire
Fighters and First Responders that
would require them to get a
background check to be able to go into
schools or have a school class come
to the Fire Station to teach about fire
safety to school kids. Wouldn't this
place a burden on an already strapped
fire department? I have heard that this
background check is about $47
dollars?

DM - I think the $50 dollar is an inflated
number. From my understanding, it's
more like $30 dollars. I could be wrong
on that, but from all the numbers that
we have gotten from all the groups that
would be involved, have echoed the
number 30. So if there is a $50 dollar
number out there it's news to me.

There are a couple of approaches to
this, first, is the issue of Sandusky, that
brought about this whole encyclopedia
approach to protecting children.  It was
a several bill package that passed.
One of those items that passed was
that there had to be a background
check from several different sources,
to make sure that nothing was missed.

So anybody having contact with
children, without a doubt would pass
scrutiny and that would be no
problems again like there was with
Sandusky.

There has been an unintended
consequence from this the burden of
paperwork involved in completing all
these background checks. We have a
bicameral bipartisan commission that
should report back to the General
Assembly on the 3rd week of May, if
not sooner, to report on their findings
and their recommendations on how to
tweak certain portions of this
legislation.

This becomes law in June, and they
are trying to come up with ideas that
have become problematic for some,
but at the same time will not affect the
bottom line which is passing scrutiny  
which is what the bill is all about.

A lot of groups that
I have spoken with
statewide have shared the comment
there is a lot of paperwork involved,
plus the cost. However, they were not
concerned about the cost, a lot of
groups said if it's going to cost $30
dollars ( again just a number) they
have said they will run a spaghetti
supper
, roast beef dinner or a fund
raiser and dedicate those funds to
paying for those background checks.

TBN - What was their concern?

DM - Lets say a school group was
going to go to a fire department for
Fire Prevention Week, and a volunteer
firefighter was going to explain to them
about the apparatus, does that
volunteer have to have a background
check? The thought process here is
that the teachers are required by law
to have these background checks to
get a teaching job. If the teacher is in
the presence of the student during the
demonstrations then the answer is no,
the firefighter would not need it.

If an individual from school wants to
become a Junior Firefighter, and if the
department has a junior program, then
the question becomes who has to get
a background check?

To allow a junior firefighter under the
age of 18 to participate in that fire
department. That is what this
commission is trying to iron out. With
all good intent, there are always
unintended consequences. The
questions remains does 1 person have
to take responsibility for a junior
firefighter program, or does anyone
that comes into contact with that junior
firefighter have to have a background
check? Those are the dark area
's that
we are trying to seek the answers too.

And again, it comes down to the
children, we have to protect the
children. It's a tragic thing that
happened with Sandusky, but
remember many laws th
at are crafted
are reactionary, they are not proactive,
they are reactionary. These laws come
after some really egregious event that
has happened, and tis is a perfect
example.
Government cuts security
clearances by 12 percent

     

Nearly 640,000 fewer people held
security clearances at the end of fiscal
2014 than they did a year earlier,
according to a new report from the
Office of the Director of National
Intelligence.

That's a 12-percent drop in the
number of federal employees,
contractors and others with access to
confidential information.

The statistic alone is significant. The
government has been widely criticized
for failing to keep tabs on the millions
of people who hold security
clearances. The cries grew loudest
after former analyst Edward Snowden
stole classified information from the
National Security Agency and former
contract employee Aaron Alexis shot
and killed a dozen people at the
Washington Navy Yard, both in 2013.

Since then, the Obama administration
has ordered agencies to pare back
their lists of cleared employees and
contractors to those who need access
to classified data in order to do their
jobs. It has also instructed agencies to
develop insider-threat programs to
detect clearance holders with the
potential to do harm.

The data reflects the impact of those
orders in the post-Snowden era, said
Evan Lesser, managing director of
ClearanceJobs.com.

"The defense department is taking the
insider threat very seriously, and
lawmakers are equally concerned
about who has security clearance," he
said. The Defense Department
oversees the vast majority of
security-clearance holders.

Most people who lost their security
clearances were deemed "not in
access," to signify that they did not
need those clearances for their jobs.
Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist
attacks, the government and
contractors have kept rosters of
people who hold security clearances
just in case they need to deploy
quickly to a project that requires them.

It's no longer necessary to have that
bench, said Charlie Sowell, a former
ODNI official who now works at Salient
Federal Solutions.

"It is notable. It is commendable," he
said of the drop in clearances. "I think
it is, frankly, more cleaning up of the
books than anything else."

Just 164,501 people deemed "in
access" lost their clearances over the
past year, a sign to Sowell that the
government still struggles to reduce
the number of jobs for which a security
clearance is required.

"It's harder to take people who are
eligible and in access and downgrade
them, removing their clearance
altogether. It's easier to clear a
janitorial worker so they can roam
through a building than reduce their
clearance and force a security worker
to walk around with them all the time,"
he said. "There is inflation."

The report says 4,514,576 people held
either confidential/secret or top-secret
clearances at the end of September
2014. Of those, 70 percent were
government employees. The rest were
a mix of contractors, state and local
officials, and others.

Contractors most likely to struggle with
clearances

As the number of clearance-holders
declines, agencies and contractors
alike are having more troubling finding
qualified candidates for positions that
require clearance, said Lesser.

"Cleared jobs have always been
difficult to fill. But with the population of
security-cleared individuals down
significantly, and the number of open
jobs up to its highest level in years,
there is a critical supply and demand
issue at play," he said. "In many cases,
there are more open jobs than
available cleared candidates to fill
them. That means some jobs go
unfilled, while others lose critical
staffing as cleared workers jump ship
for more pay elsewhere."

The government approved 14 percent
fewer security-clearance applicants in
fiscal 2014 compared with a year
earlier. Contract employees were most
likely to be turned down. At the same
time, they were most likely to
experience long waits while agencies
processed their applications.

The report warns that those waits are
likely to worsen this year.

"The [intelligence community] reported
that the focus on periodic
reinvestigations and potential insider
threat cases during FY 2014 caused
resources to be reprioritized. Going
forward, this may cause an increase in
the number of initial cases pending for
more than 4 months," it says.

That should concern the government,
said Sowell.

"It's affecting the ability of contractors
to compete in the marketplace
because there are less people getting
cleared. This affects costs for the
government because it is directly
having an impact on
Lane Closures This Week on I-80 at Mifflinville River Bridge Project in Columbia County
Commonwealth Court:
Governor Wolf’s Homecare
Executive Order Allowed to
Proceed


Harrisburg, PA - The Commonwealth
Court of Pennsylvania today allowed
Governor Tom Wolf’s homecare
executive order to proceed. The order
is one key part of an overall plan
designed to provide choices for
seniors, efficiencies in home and
community-based care, and offset over
$162 million in costs to taxpayers. The
plan also ensures that seniors,
consumers, and direct care attendants
will continue to have a voice in shaping
the future of the homecare industry.

Governor Wolf released the following
statement:

“Today’s ruling by the Commonwealth
Court is a victory for seniors,
consumers, and direct care
attendants. The court’s decision
affirms a key provision of my strategy
to provide choices for seniors,
efficiencies in home and community-
based care, and offset over $162
million in costs for Pennsylvania
taxpayers.

“We need to ensure the homecare
sector is able to attract qualified
attendants so that seniors have the
option to age in a home or community-
based setting. This decision allows for
a critical conversation to move forward
about protecting seniors as they age
and treating attendants with the
respect that they have earned.

“It is my sincere hope that
stakeholders interested in advancing
our long term care system will join me
in having a robust conversation about
how we deliver care to those who need
it most.”

As the Wolf Administration has said,
the executive order ensures that home
care workers have a voice in shaping
the future of the industry and seniors
have choices about where to receive
care. The executive order does not
grant collective bargaining rights to
workers, does not force them to join a
union, does not make them state
employees, and does not give them a
right to enter into a contract with the
state.