Copyright The Bloomsburg News 2013 - 2014   
(570) 389-6400
390 Montour Blvd, Bloomsburg, PA
Town Hall
Court House
Today On The Bloomsburg News
Police Department
Post Office
Pet of the Week-YOGI
contact A.R.C for more
Wednesday April 16, 2014
Technology Center
Youth Fishing Opportunity Date

Last week’s email noted Saturday, April 5,
as being Mentored Youth Fishing Day in
several  Pennsylvania counties, including
Columbia. That date has now been

This week, the PA Fish and Boat
Commission (PFBC) rescheduled the event
to Saturday, May 10.  According to PFBC
leaders, several of the waters chosen for
the Mentored Youth Fishing program are
still covered in thick ice and may still have
ice on them on the originally scheduled
dates.  To participate in the May 10 event,
anglers 16 years of age or older must
possess a valid Pennsylvania Fishing
License and current Trout/Salmon Permit
and be accompanied by a youth under the
age of 16 who has obtained a Mentored
Youth Fishing Permit or Voluntary Youth
Fishing License from the PFBC.

APR 27

The Creative Dog Adoption

Come join us for food and sweet treats and
help support your local rescues or find your
new best friend. All proceeds will be going
to the rescues participating! Also the
rescues will be selling merchandise. So
please stop by and rub some bellies and
enjoy the day with us!
Rescue's featured:
Animal Resource Center Pspca Danville
Monica's Heart Greyhound AdoptionPlease
Releash Me
Haven to Home Canine Rescue Ain't That A
Mommy & Me rescue
Covered Bridge Bus Tour
May 17, 2014
9:30 - 3:30

Hop on the bus at the Visitors Bureau office
at 121 Papermill Road, Bloomsburg to
begin a day rich in covered bridge history.
Bask in Spring sunshine while you leisurely
explore and take photographs of
approximately 13 of Columbia County’s
covered bridges. Enjoy a picnic lunch
provided by the Visitors Bureau at the only
twin covered bridges in the United States.
Cost is $20 per person. Reserve your seat
before May 5th!

Don’t miss the excitement of Bloomsburg’s
36th Annual Renaissance Jamboree! It will
be held on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m.
-5 p.m. The event will take place rain or
shine, and there will be fun activities for all
age groups.

There will be over a hundred games and  
arts and crafts booths up and down Main
Street. There will also be a ton of live
music- three big entertainment stages to
enjoy both children’s shows as well as
performances by local dance groups.  There
will be a variety of different food stands,
including tasty carnival cuisine such as
popular hot-sausage subs, deep-fried
Oreos, and homemade baked goods from
local churches. Food and game booths are
sponsored by regional non-profits to
highlight their mission as well as fundraise
the local community.

There is free parking at the Bloomsburg
Fairgrounds with handicapped accessible
buses running all day long from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. There is also handicapped parking
available behind the Bloomsburg Public
Library. There is no parking on Main Street
on April 27 beginning at 2 a.m. and all day
Saturday. Cars left in the Downtown
Overnight on April 26 will be towed. Please
keep pets safe at home.

This is a collaborative event sponsored by
Bloomsburg University and its Community
Government Association, the Columbia
Montour Chamber of Commerce, Downtown
Bloomsburg, Inc., and the Town of

For questions:  Call the Columbia Montour
Chamber of Commerce, 238 Market Street,
Bloomsburg, Pa.   17815.  570.784-2522
A Fun Fact: On eBay, there are an
average of $680 worth of transactions each
BU Campus Events Calendar

Jesus & Java: "Noah Story - Justice
& Mercy"

WhenWed, April 16, 10am – 11am

WhereStarbucks Commons (map)

DescriptionIn response to the current movie
Noah we will be reflecting on Scripture
related to how righteousness is defined by
a balance between justice and mercy. Note:
You don¹t need to have seen the movie to
participate in this conversation!

Dollar Dinner

When Wed, April 16, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Where Newman House, 353 East 2nd
Street, Bloomsburg (map)

Description Come to the Newman House at
5:30pm and get a
    great meal for only one dollar! This
week's chefs are from Phi
    Beta Lambda and they will be preparing
a chicken stir fry with
    white rice and egg rolls plus Rice Krispie
Treats for dessert.
    This is event is open to all BU students
so grab a friend and
    come on over.  Mass is celebrated in
the Newman House chapel at

Digital projects in and out of the

When Wed, April 16, 7pm – 8pm

Where 108 Centennial Hall (map)

Description Bloomsburg explores... Digital
humanities series An all-student panel will
discuss class-based projects, internship
projects and student participation in
University-rela​ted programs (e.g., the BU
Writing Center, the Center for Community
Research and Consulting, the University
Archives, and the Magee Archives Project).

PSEA Club Meeting

When Wed, April 16, 9pm – 10pm

Where Kehr Union Multipurpose Rm 345 A

Description General club meeting for
education majors.

Wednesday, April 16

Campus Bloodmobile


Slam Poet--Andrea Gibson

BSCC Presents Concert: Krewella

Valley of Bloomsburg American
Legion Post 273

11:00 AM Town Park
Ages 2-10
Bloomsburg Area School District Easter Break
Thursday April 17th, Early Dismissal HS/MS  12:15 - Elem- 1:15
Friday April 16th No School
Monday April 21, No School

Free Online Computer Training is

Technology surrounds us at home, work,
and school.  We do our taxes online, shop
for clothes, and view our medical records.  
But technology

OBTT offers free, online training in
computers and technology.

constantly changes.  When programs
you've become familiar with are updated,
how do you keep up, let alone learn new

OBTT may be the answer ─ Online
Broadband & Technology Training offered,
at no cost, through SEDA-COG.  There are
hundreds of choices including Microsoft
programs like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint,
plus courses in graphics, project
management, business and professional
skills, and design.   

According to Jim Baker, SEDA-COG's Chief
of Information Technology, "Many of the
courses were selected for small business,
local government, and non-profit groups.  
But almost anyone who wants to
professionally or personally advance will
find something of value, and it won't cost a
thing."  Technology training through OBTT
is available to residents of SEDA-COG's 11
member counties, as well as those living in
Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, and York

To get started, visit the web site and
register.  After the registration is processed,
a temporary password will be e-mailed to
you - a process which may take 24-48
hours.  Once an individual is registered,
they will have access to all the courses,
which are organized in 13 categories.

Registered users of OBTT will also have
access to Books24x7, which includes
thousands of short videos on various
aspects of computer use.  Many relate to
social media, while others are more
technical, e.g., website development,
software practices.

Funding for OBTT has been provided by the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,
through the Pennsylvania Department of
Community and Economic Development.  
The program is managed through the
Delaware Valley Regional Planning
Commission and Pennsylvania's network of
Local Development Districts, which includes

For more information, call Jim Baker at 570-
524-4491 or e-mail  

Regional Firms Nominated for State

Twenty-five companies in Central
Pennsylvania are finalists for Governor's
Impact Awards, which recognize companies
and individuals who are investing in
Pennsylvania and creating jobs.  A total of
43 firms in the region were initially
nominated.  Central Region PREP (Partners
for Regional Economic Performance) then
reduced that group to 25 finalists.

Each of Pennsylvania's ten PREP networks
was able to select up to five finalists in
each of the five Impact

The Governor's Impact Awards were
established in 2013.

Award categories.  The five categories and
regional finalists include:

Community Impact
* Larson Design Group
* PPL Corporation
* Webster's Bookstore and Café
* Sire Advertising
* Brodart

Entrepreneur Impact
* Douglas Michael, Columbia County Bread
and Granola
* Jessica Grill, Pompeii Street Soap
* Todd Erdley, Videon Central, Inc.
* Don Heaney, Advanced Powder Products
* Brian Hoopsick, PSR, Inc.

Export Impact
* Arcos Industries
* Wheeland Lumber Co.
* G & B Specialties, Inc.
* AcousticSheep
* Silco Tek

Jobs First
* Nittany Paper Mills, Inc.
* Stahl Sheaffer Engineering
* Mission Critical Partners, Inc.
* Publishers Service Associates
* Benton Foundry, Inc.

Small Business
* Rich Coast Corporation
* North Shore Railroad Company
* Danville Pharmacy
* Transport Designs, Inc.
* Discovery Machine, Inc.

Central Region PREP will have one winner in
each of the categories.  Winners will be
announced on May 30.

SEDA Council of Governments

Roadway Maintenance & Safety Training for
Bloomsburg ─ May 15

Public asked to comment on transit

Planning organizations representing the
Williamsport area and eight counties in the
SEDA-COG region are seeking input on the
draft of their 2014 Coordinated Public
Transit-Human Services Transportation
Plan.  The plan includes Clinton, Columbia,
Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour,
Northumberland, Snyder, and Union
counties.  It identifies unmet transportation
needs across the region and strategies to
meet those needs.  

The plan has been developed through a
process which includes representatives from
public, private, and non-profit
transportation services, human services
transportation providers and the general

A public comment period for the draft plan
began March 14 and will conclude Monday,
April 14.  Comments may be emailed to   They may
also be faxed to 570-524-9190 or mailed
to SEDA-COG (Attn: Steve Herman), 201
Furnace Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837.  A
public meeting intended to secure
comments on the plan was held on March

The plan can be viewed at SEDA-COG's
website, as well as the Lycoming County
website.  It is also available at the
Lycoming County Executive Plaza Building,
330 Pine Street in Williamsport and SEDA-
COG's office, 201 Furnace Road, off of
Route 15, south of Lewisburg.

The original Public Transit-Human Services
plans for the SEDA-COG and Williamsport
Metropolitan Planning Organizations
(MPOs) were adopted in 2007 and updated
in 2008.  Since then, there have been
significant changes in state and federal
legislation, and to the overall public
transportation landscape.  

The SEDA-COG and Williamsport MPOs
have been collaborating on various transit
initiatives and studies in recent years, and
decided to develop a joint coordinated plan
to address regional needs, use resources
more efficiently, and spur further
cooperation on transit solutions.

The SEDA-COG and Williamsport MPOs
guide the transportation planning and
programming processes in the nine-county
region for this transit plan.  They operate
via agreements with PennDOT to approve
studies and capital improvements for
highways, bridges, transit, railroads, bicycle
and pedestrian facilities, and other
transportation-related concerns.  

Three primary documents are developed
and approved by the MPOs: a
Transportation Improvement Program, a
Long Range Transportation Plan, and a
Unified Planning Work Program.  
For more information, contact Steve
Kusheloff, Manager, Public Information, tel.
570-524-4491, e-mail skusheloff@seda-
Spring has finally sprung, now its
time to work outside.
Opening Day: Saturday, April 12
—how this date is determined
Regional Opening Day: Saturday, March 29
Regional Opening Day counties:

All waters in Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester,
Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin,
Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh,
Montgomery, Northampton, Perry,
Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York counties
(County Guide).
Streams on county borders that are part of
Regional Opening Day:

Mahantango Creek, between
Northumberland and Dauphin counties. This
is the ONLY stream in Northumberland
County opening on the earlier date.
West Branch Mahantango Creek, between
Snyder and Juniata counties. This is the
ONLY stream in Snyder County opening on
the earlier date.
Two streams in Carbon County -- Lizard
Creek and Mahoning Creek.

Time: 8 a.m.

Minimum Size: Seven (7) inches

Fishing Hours: 24 hours a day, after the 8 a.
m. opener

Creel limits:

Regular season (opening day thru Labor
5 (combined species)
Extended season (Jan. 1-Feb. 28) & (day
after Labor Day-Dec. 31)
3 (combined species)
Creel limits apply to the majority of trout
fishing waters (inland waters). Other rules
apply for Special Regulation Areas. Anglers
should consult the Summary of PA Fishing
Laws and Regulations, distributed free with
their licenses, for more details.

Fishing Licenses:

In addition to a fishing license, trout
anglers 16 and older must posses a
Trout/Salmon Permit (or Combination Trout-
Salmon/Lake Erie Permit) to fish for trout.
A Lake Erie Permit (or Combination Trout-
Salmon/Lake Erie Permit) is also needed to
fish for trout, salmon and steelhead in
Lake Erie and its tributaries.
Licenses must be signed in ink and
displayed on an outer garment. Anglers
must also be able to provide positive proof
of identification (other than the fishing
license) upon request of a Waterways
Conservation Officer.
License Fees – 2014 licenses and permits
are valid December 1, 2013 through
December 31, 2014 (except 1, 3 and 7-day
licenses) and are available Dec. 1, 2013 at
issuing agents statewide and online
through the The Outdoor Shop.
Multi-Year Licenses – 3-Year and 5-Year
licenses. Visit The Outdoor Shop to
purchase. Convenience—Savings—Rewards
with each purchase.

Year 5-Year
Resident 16-64 $22.70 $64.70 $106.70
Senior Resident 65+ 11.70 31.70 51.70
Senior Resident - Lifetime 65+ 51.70 -- --
1-day Resident (not valid Mar. 15-Apr. 30)
16+ 11.70 -- --
National Guard & Armed Forces Reserve
(resident)* 16+ 2.70 -- --
Prisoner of War (resident)*  16+ 2.70 -- --
Prisoner of War - Senior Lifetime (resident)
* 65+ 2.70 -- --
Non-resident 16+ 52.70 154.70 256.70
7-day Tourist 16+ 34.70 -- --
3-day Tourist 16+ 26.70 -- --
1-day Tourist (includes all privileges, not
valid Mar. 15-Apr. 30) 16+ 26.70 -- --
Trout/Salmon Permit 16+ 9.70 25.70 41.70
Lake Erie Permit 16+ 9.70 25.70 41.70
Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie
Permit 16+ 15.70 43.70 71.70

* Licenses are only available at
Commission and county treasurer offices.
Locations are contained within our complete
agent listing, county treasurers are
generally located at county court offices.
Prices listed include all agent and
transaction fees.
5th Annual Believe in Hope 5K Run/Walk in
Memory of Carissa Barrett was a success

April 17, 2014
The Spring and Summer golf seasons are
just around the corner, and Tee to Green is
getting ready.  Please call 570-956-5987
for information and registration. 5
sessions:  April 17 - May 15 - Wednesdays
- 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Cost: $99/psn. for all 5 sessions
Host name: Tee to Green Golf Center
Venue: Tee to Green Golf Center
Rt. 11 - Bloomsburg/Danville Hgwy.,
Danville, PA, 17821
570-275-8335 - - http://www.tee-to-green.

Weekly News Update

The latest news from the State Capitol

Committee OKs More Jail Time for
Repeat DUI Offenders

A driver who repeatedly operates a vehicle
while under the influence of drugs or
alcohol and kills another individual will face
greater jail time under legislation reported
from the House Judiciary Committee this
week. House Bill 1733 would apply to DUI
offenders who have at least one prior drunk
driving conviction or major traffic offense
such as vehicular homicide or vehicular
assault. The bill would enhance penalties
for vehicular homicide while driving under
the influence from a second-degree felony
to a first-degree felony, and lengthen the
jail sentence from three to five years.

Driving under the influence of drugs or
alcohol causes nearly 10,000 deaths and
350,000 injuries annually on our highways,
yet people convicted of DUI often continue
to do so. Studies have shown that nearly 2
million drunk drivers on the nation’s
highways have a prior conviction, including
400,000 who have five or more. The bill
now moves to the full House for

Benton Concealed Carry Seminar Big
Success; More Will Be Planned
A few weeks ago, we conducted another
Concealed Carry Seminar to a capacity
crowd at the Benton Northern Columbia
Community and Cultural Center. My thanks
to all who attended and for the law
enforcement officials who conducted the

Thanks to local and county law enforcement
leaders who assisted with this event:
Benton Officer John Rosinski, Benton
Officer Fred Westover, Columbia County
Sheriff Tim, Columbia County District
Attorney Tom Leipold, Benton Officer in
Charge Jimmie Hill.

Thanks to all who turned out for this event.

Due to the overwhelming turnout at our
seminars thus far, we’ll be planning more
for the future.  They’ll be announced in my
weekly email (if you have a friend who
wants to sign up,
here’s a link) and on my
Facebook page.

Giving Schools Resources to Save
Lives, Fund Special Education

This week, the House Education Committee
endorsed a measure designed to help
school districts fund special education, while
the House sent a proposal to the governor
to allow schools to better afford life-saving
automatic external defibrillators (AEDs).

House Bill 2138 would create a new formula
for distributing state funding for special
education to recognize the actual number
of students with physical and intellectual
disabilities in a school and the various
levels of their need for services. Nearly
270,000 children – or one out of every 6.5
students – receive special education
services in Pennsylvania public schools.
State funding for special education is
slightly less than $1 billion a year.

House Bill 974 would require the
Department of Education (PDE) to establish
a program to assist both public and non-
public schools in placing AEDs in school
buildings by allowing the department and
school districts to purchase the devices
through cost-saving procedures. Access to
AEDs has been proven to help save lives of
those who experience cardiac arrest,
including school children, athletes, faculty
or visitors.  
The Susquehanna River
Flows Fast
Town Business

Shade Tree Commission Meeting

Thu April 17, 2014 3:30 PM

Town Hall
ANNIVERSARY, 1889 - 2014!!

through April 19th:

Storytime, Wednesday, April 16th, 10:00
Lonely Sock Club, Thursday, April 17th,
6:30 PM


April's place to eat is La Fontana in
downtown Bloomsburg at the corner of Main
and Market Streets, right by the Town
Fountain. Eat there for lunch or dinner on
April 15 and the kind folks at La Fontana
will donate 10% of your bill to the library.
You'll need a coupon. They are available at
the library or click  HERE to open one you
can print yourself.

It's crafts for teens and adults.
In April, the Club takes on a challenge:
Book Binding in Miniature. Learn how to put
a book together, then supply your own
deathless prose. Join us at 6:30 PM,
Thursday, 17 April to make one of your
own. All materials will be provided for at
least one book.

Aleea and Haley have all-new stories and a
great craft project for "What on Earth? Day."
All good listeners are invited in for fun on
Thursday, 24 April at 6:30 PM.
The Big Event Was Very Successful!3/30/14

April 18, 2014 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
How to sign-up: Ideally, you should register
early, weeks in advance, if possible.  In
order for us to get prepared to get gear
and equipment packed and ready,
registration typically closes on the
Wednesday before a activities occurring on
a weekend, and a few days before activities
occurring on a weekday, but if spots are still
available there is a possibility that you may
still be able to register.  Our office is not
open on weekends or evenings.  Always call
first to see if there is available space
before coming to the office or sending in
payment. Spots cannot be reserved by
calling or emailing. Registration is not
complete until payment is received.
Methods of payment: 1) cash in person 2)
check payable to “Quest” in person or via U.
S. mail (with a note listing your name,
email address and phone number and the
date and activity your registering for); 3)
credit card in person or over the phone
(3.8% fee applies); 4) PayPal payment to with a note stating
name(s), email address the date and
description of the activity you are
registering for. If you need additional help
or have any questions, call Susan at the
Quest Office or email at
Cost: FREE
Host name: Quest at Bloomsburg University
Venue: Quad - Lower Campus
Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA,
570-389-4323 -

April 22, 2014 6:30 pm
The Moose Exchange and Bloomsburg
University's Green Campus Initiative
continue their collaboration, bringing
thought-provoking and entertaining movies
to Main Street.  This spring's two shows will
take place at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, at
the corner of Main and Iron Streets.
Tuesday, April 22--EARTH DAY--join us to
play outside at 6:30 pm and then watch
Play Again at 7:00 pm.  One generation
from now most people in the U.S. will have
spent more time in the virtual world than in
nature; new media technologies have
improved our lives in countless ways;
information now appears with a click;
overseas friends are part of our daily lives;
and even grandma loves Wii.  But what are
we missing when we are behind screens?  
Bring your families and find out!
Cost: FREE
Host name: The Moose Exchange
Venue: St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Corner - E. Main & Iron Streets,
Bloomsburg, PA, 17815
570-317-2596 - http://www.


April 23, 2014 9:00 pm
Join us for an evening adventure on the
Susquehanna River at the Town Park in
Bloomsburg. We will float our way down to
Catawissa!! No experience necessary and
all equipment will be provided! Where:
Meet at the Quest Office in Upper Campus
and then we will travel down to the
Susquehanna River! How to sign-up:
Ideally, you should register early, weeks in
advance, if possible.  In order for us to get
prepared to get gear and equipment
packed and ready, registration typically
closes on the Wednesday before a activities
occurring on a weekend, and a few days
before activities occurring on a weekday,
but if spots are still available there is a
possibility that you may still be able to
register.  Our office is not open on
weekends or evenings. Always call first to
see if there is available space before
coming to the office or sending in payment.
Spots cannot be reserved by calling or
emailing.  Registration is not complete until
payment is received. Methods of payment:
1) cash in person  2) check payable to
“Quest” in person or via U.S. mail (with a
note listing your name, email address and
phone number and the date and activity
your registering for); 3) credit card in
person or over the phone (3.8% fee
applies); 4) PayPal payment to with a note stating
name(s), email address the date and
description of the activity you are
registering for. If you need additional help
or have any questions, call Susan at the
Quest Office or email at
Cost: $5.00
Host name: Quest at Bloomsburg University
Venue: Quest Office
Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA,
570-389-4323 - -

March 31, 2014 - May 25, 2014
Join Penn State Extension on a VIRTUAL
walk across scenic Route 6.  Goal:  Teams
of five need to walk/exercise an average of
ten miles per week for eight weeks, March
31 through May 25.  Along the way, receive
tips on buying, eating, and using fruits and
vegetables, plus fun information about
towns along Route 6.    
Cost: Free
Host name: Penn State Extension
Venue: Penn State Extension - Virtual Walk
Route 6, PA,
March Madness For Kidsburg
Was A Big Hit
. 4/4/14
KidsBurg Getting Ready For Rebuild
Come see us at “the Antler”

The week of April 14-18, you’ll find us here
on Monday-Wednesday from noon to 4,
Thursday from 1 to 4, and Friday from noon
to 8 p.m. Hours will vary for the next few
weeks, but we will open every Friday
evening until 8 at least through June. Now
appearing in the storefront windows, artwork
by Bloomsburg High School senior Colin
Warren, donated to us the evening of the
ArtWalk-In; an original pastel of the
building by Third Street resident Steve
Coladonato; historical items from
Bloomsburg Moose Lodge #623; and last
but certainly not least, Rusty, our trusty

On display now, the absolutely gorgeous
quilt “Tonga Rhapsody” donated by Rita
Millard. Pieced by Fabrics Galore employee
Barbara Persing while Rita ran the store,
and quilted by Rita, the modern 12-month
design features 100% batiked cotton, front
and back; the 104″ x 90″ quilt has a value
of $2800. Rita has donated it to us to raffle
off later this year. Stay tuned for details on
where to get your tickets! You can find Rita
on the Web at

As soon as we have our approvals from the
Town of Bloomsburg, we’ll hang the large
sign announcing the Antler’s presence in
the brick relief above the cornice; for last
Friday’s reception we hung it right over the
door. A relative of this sign now hangs in
the showcase just to the right of the
Exchange’s front doors, pointing people up
the street to the Antler.

The current Gallery show, “Stairwell to a
Factory to the Antler”, features work by
Exchange artists that had traveled to the
Pajama Factory in Williamsport in February
and that has now come back to
Bloomsburg. Thanks to Stairwell Gallery
committee members Chad Andrews, Brock
Dent, Jason Godeke, Ron Lambert, and
Sue O’Donnell for helping to get the Antler
reorganized and cleaned up on Saturday,
the 29th of March, and for getting the
“S2F2A” show hung.

On Friday, the 11th of April, we had an
opening reception for the first Stairwell
Gallery work to hang here, in conjunction
with the Susquehanna River Arts show
happening at Fog & Flame, two doors up
Main Street. The temporary Stairwell will
host brand new work later in the year, with
the “TimeSlips” and high-school-student
shows, and possibly the third annual “Cover
of a Cover”. We’ll have more information
on them for you in the coming weeks.

Thanks to Hummel Rentals for its
generosity in giving us this space while we

See you at the Antler!
An Invite To The Antler This Week.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Casey, Isakson Bill to Protect
Funding for Children’s Hospitals
Clears Final Passage

Measure Reauthorizes Lapsed Program that
Puts Residents in Children’s Hospitals / Bill
Now Heads to Presidents Desk, Will Invest
$300M Annually in Children’s Hospitals Over
Next Five Years

Washington, DC- Today, U.S. Senators Bob
Casey (D-PA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
announced that their bipartisan legislation,
The Children’s Hospital GME Support
Reauthorization Act of 2013, has cleared
final passage in the House and will now
head to the President’s desk. The bill
reauthorizes the Children’s Hospitals
Graduate Medical Education (CHGME)
program investing $300 million annually in
children’s hospitals over the next five years.

“Reauthorizing this program will help some
of our country’s best medical centers train
physicians and enable families and children
to receive better care. I’m pleased that the
House came together in a bipartisan
fashion to move this legislation onto the
President’s desk,” Senator Casey said.
“Pennsylvania’s children’s hospitals are
some of the best in the country. Passing
this bill will allow these hospitals to continue
their lifesaving work and remain a driver of
our economy.”

“Investing in our pediatric workforce and
health care facilities through the Children's
Hospital Graduate Medical Education
program is critically important to ensuring
the health of our children in Georgia and
across the country,” said Senator Isakson.
“I’m pleased to see the House clear the
way for this vital measure to become law in
order to continue our commitment to
protecting the health of our children and
families who depend on the services and
training provided by our children’s
hospitals, pediatricians and pediatric

The Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical
Education (CHGME) program provides
freestanding children’s hospitals with
federal graduate medical education (GME)
support similar to the funding that other
teaching hospitals receive through
Medicare. The program was first enacted by
Congress in 1999 with bipartisan support,
and has been reauthorized twice since then,
each time again with broad bipartisan
support. The program provides funding to
about 55 freestanding children’s hospitals
in 30 states to support the training of
pediatricians and other residents.

The program has a proven track record of
success and represents a high-value
investment in children’s health care. Prior to
the enactment of CHGME in late 1999, the
number of residents in children's hospital
residency programs had declined over 13
percent, according to the American Board of
Pediatrics.  Since the enactment of CHGME,
children’s hospitals have reversed this
trend, increasing their training slots by 45
percent. Today, though they represent 1
percent of all hospitals, freestanding
children’s hospitals train over 45 percent of
general pediatricians, 51 percent of all
pediatric specialists and the majority of
pediatric researchers.

The Children’s Hospital GME Support
Reauthorization Act of 2013 will reauthorize
the program for five years at $300 million a
year.  The legislation also makes important
changes to the program by giving the
Secretary authority to include in the
program a small number of freestanding
children’s hospitals who have been
ineligible to participate in the past for
technical reasons.  First, the bill allows the
Secretary to use a portion of the funds
appropriated over $245 million for these
children’s hospitals that train pediatric
providers and meet the same general
qualifications as existing participants but
currently do not qualify for Medicare GME or
CHGME. The amount of this pool in a given
year would be 25% of enacted CHGME
funding over $245 million, up to a
maximum of $7 million, and hospitals
would have to undergo a normal application

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Following Casey Effort, Program to
Protect Prison Workers Expands

Bureau of Prisons Agrees to Expand
Program to Allow Institution Unit Staff
Working with Inmates to Carry Pepper
Spray for Protection / Casey Previously
Called for Expansion of Pepper Spray
Program in High Security Facilities

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Bob
Casey (D-PA) announced that the federal
Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has agreed to
expand a pilot program allowing institution
unit staff who work with inmates to carry
pepper spray for their protection in high
security institutions.  This will include
members of the institution unit team who
spend a majority of their time working
directly with inmates, such as the Unit
Manager, Case Manager, Counselor, and
Unit Secretary. The expansion follows
efforts Senator Casey championed to bring
the pepper spray program to correctional
officers in high security institutions.

“Personnel working in high security
institutions face thousands of assaults
every year, so they deserve to have every
tool possible to ensure their safety and
lessen the risk of violence they face every
day,” said Senator Casey. “I’m pleased
that the Federal Bureau of Prisons has
chosen to implement this policy that has
helped to reduce assaults.”

The Government Accountability Office (GAO)
released a report in 2011 finding that some
state correctional facilities that allow guards
to carry pepper spray saw reduced assault
rates as a result of the policy. Until 2012’s
Casey-backed pilot program was initiated,
BOP had barred all correctional officers from
carrying pepper spray.

Senator Casey introduced the Federal
Correctional Officer Protective Equipment
Act to carry out GAO’s recommendation that
BOP hold a pilot program to determine the
effectiveness of the policy. In June 2012,
the Lewisburg facility was chosen to
participate in a limited pilot program.  In
March 2013, the Bureau of Prisons
announced that guards at all high security
facilities will have access to this form of
protection, including the Allenwood and
Canaan prisons, located in Pennsylvania.