BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 18, 2020

Governor Wolf announces DCED Grants

Governor Tom Wolf announced grant funding yesterday to help employers provide hazard pay to their employees in life-sustaining occupations during the COVID-19 pandemic intended to keep front-line employees working in vital industry sectors across Pennsylvania.  Created through the CARES Act, this reimbursement-based grant will be administered by the DCED.  Businesses may apply for grants up to a maximum of $3 million.  Grant funds may be used for hazard pay for direct, full-time and part-time employees earning less than $20/hour, excluding fringe benefits and overtime for the 10-week period from August 16, 2020, to October 24, 2020. Click the link for the list of eligible occupations for hazard pay as well as application and contact information. https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-hazard-pay-grants-now-available-for-front-line-workers-in-life-sustaining-industries/

Jersey Shore Annual Town Hall Meeting Canceled

On Thursday the Jersey Shore Borough Council held an emergency meeting that evening to discuss the popular Town Meeting Celebration. Due to an order drafted the day before by governor Wolf prohibiting gatherings of 250 people and up, the council concluded that the annual event was not a possibility. According to the sun gazette Town meeting president Jeremy Frantz stated that it was not a decision they wanted to make. Frantz also stated that all donated funds not being used for this years event will go towards Christmas events and eventually next years Town Meeting.

Resurfacing Project On Golden Strip

A resurfacing project on Third Street on the golden strip will continue next week in loyal sock township. The 3 million dollar project will begin with paving and milling, along with drainage and guardrail upgrades on July 20th and continue to the 24th. Work will be done between the hours of 9pm and 6am, motorists can expect delays and lane changes. Motorists should slow down to stay alert for slow moving vehicles and workers on the job

New Health Center Milestone Completed

A new health center in lock haven has recently finished placing the final steele beam for the structure. The milestone for the 100 million dollar project was celebrated by a small group of employees who signed their names and posed for a photo as it was being placed. The building, located on west 4rth street in lockhaven is planned to be completed by 2021 and will offer a plethora of services to the public including an urgent and primary care facility as well as a pharmacy among many other things.

Reopening School Discussions Continue

State officials are discussing opening schools back up in the fall. According to the sun gazette the state secretary of education Pedro Rivera stressed that a plan to reopen schools is not a one size fits all sort of solution. Dr Rachel Lavione also commented on the reopening of schools, saying that she hears from many people that students are anxious to get back to school. As we push forward through the pandemic, personal efforts to limit the rate of infection will determine how school will go about re opening and when. Not that the reopening of schools is a given. If infections continue to rise, safely re opening may not be a possibility

Sports

MLB

Daniel Bard, former boston red sox pitcher has recently made a comeback making the roster with the Colorado Rockies after a 7 year absence.

NBA

Houston Rockets guard James Harden said a political statement wasn’t intended by wearing a “Thin Blue Line” mask Thursday and that he was unaware of what the mask represented.

NFL

As the NFL moves forward with plans to not delay training camps amongst the pandemic, team physicians with the NFL players association are trying to figure out the best way to practice safely before the camps start.

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