Friday, April 17, 2020

Girls on the Run Central PA Continues Support For Girls During COVID-19

GOTR participants enjoy the GOTR at Home lessons.
After careful consideration of all options and in partnership with our Board of Directors, on March 27th we made the difficult decision to cancel Girls on the Run in person programming at all schools sites this spring, as well as the celebratory 5K event at The Miller Center in Lewisburg. We are incredibly disappointed, as we know our girls and coaches are too, but recognize our great collective responsibility to ensure a safer and healthier community for all. Given these unprecedented times, we are providing families with the option to receive a pro-rated refund. As a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where all girls can know and activate their limitless potential, we rely on program fees to support our operations and ensure all girls in our community can participate. This pandemic will undoubtedly make a significant impact on our organization’s finances and has forced us to put emergency plans in place to ensure Girls on the Run Central PA’s survival.

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Finance - Protect Your Money

During this COVID-19 crisis, it is more important than ever to protect your money. Scams, investment worries and government assistance all coming at you at once. We have some guidelines for these items and more. Check out the following items that will protect or grow your money

Stimulus Check Tracking Site
Track your stimulus check payment with this Get My Payment tracking site here

Vehicle, Safety & Emissions Inspections
Date Extended
For vehicle registrations, safety inspections, and emissions inspections scheduled to expire from March 16 through April 30, 2020, the expiration date is now extended until May 31, 2020. For more information, visit here.

Scam Warning
Warning: Scammers are targeting people who are expecting a stimulus payment from the federal government following the outbreak of COVID-19. Practice caution and read more here

Vehicle, Safety & Emissions Inspections
Date Extended
For vehicle registrations, safety inspections, and emissions inspections scheduled to expire from March 16 through April 30, 2020, the expiration date is now extended until May 31, 2020. For more information, visit here.

COVID-19 Resource Guide for Older Adults
Visit this site for help, meals, nursing home concerns, prescriptions, and more. 

Paycheck Protection Program Ends
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Paycheck Protection Program based on available appropriations funding. For more information, visit SEDA-COG's COVID-19 web page here.

COVID-19 Crisis Line for First Responders, Healthcare Workers 
This free national mental health crisis line for COVID-19 first responders and healthcare professionals is open 24 hours and connects callers to licensed mental health clinicians for support. Call 1-800-327-7451 (TTY 711).

NOTE: does not give financial advise. This article is just for your information during this COVID-19 pandemic period of time. 

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Penn College Nursing student helps bolster hometown hospital's ER staff

Connor J. Burke
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Pennsylvania College of Technology nursing student Connor J. Burke, of St. Clair, is among many in the Penn College family who are working on the health care "front lines" during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 20-year-old is a sophomore on the Penn College baseball team and is in his second year of study toward a bachelor's degree in nursing. Since the summer of 2019, Burke has been an emergency room technician in his hometown hospital, working during summer and other college breaks.

With students told to remain home after Spring Break as COVID-19 began to spread, Burke has chosen to continue to work in the ER while juggling his course load - now offered via distance learning. He's moved from what generally had been an overnight schedule (11 p.m.-7 a.m. or 7 p.m.-7 a.m.) to working any shift, and is busy balancing work and classes.

"With this pandemic, people are in need of help and comfort, and through working in the ER, I feel like I can try to provide some assistance with this," Burke said. "Also, hospitals may start being understaffed if their employees need to quarantine themselves, and I can help by providing extra staffing if that happens."

As an ER technician, Burke's duties include performing EKGs and phlebotomy, running point of care urine testing, taking vital signs when a new patient comes in, answering call lights, restocking the emergency room, and aiding the nurses and physicians during procedures.

Morale is great, he said: "We treat every day just like any other normal workday. We are eager to help out and provide care to all patients."

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Government - Stimulus check tracking site goes live

Stimulus check tracking site goes live ….The Internal Revenue Service has said that the first batch of stimulus checks started hitting consumers’ bank accounts. The Get My Payment” service went live on Wednesday at  It allows consumers to check their payment status, confirm whether they prefer direct deposit or a paper check and enter their bank account information for direct deposit if the IRS doesn’t have it yet.

Additionally, the Department of Revenue is encouraging Pennsylvanians to take steps to protect themselves from scams that are targeting people who are expecting a stimulus payment from the federal government. Please see the following news release for more information: Scam Warning: Fraudsters Using New Tactics to Steal Personal Data During COVID-19 Pandemic.

Monday, April 13, 2020

J V Brown Library - Celebrate the county’s Bookmobile during National Bookmobile Day

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – On July 10, 1939, Miss Frances Kilburn began driving the first Bookmobile on rural Lycoming County roads to bring library service to the people.

Since that time, a variety of vehicles have continued to travel throughout the county, bringing books, music, movies and more to the people in rural areas, schools and care facilities.

Wednesday, April 22, is National Bookmobile Day, a celebration of the more than 930 bookmobiles and dedicated bookmobile staff that provide vital library services to their communities. The occasion is an opportunity for Americans to express their support for these important mobile institutions.

For over 100 years, bookmobiles have delivered information, technology, and resources for lifelong learning to Americans of all walks of life. According to the most recent report from the Institute of Museum and National Library Services, less than 6 percent of libraries have Bookmobile services, with only 22 Bookmobiles in Pennsylvania. The Brown Library operates two of those with the Bookmobile and Storymobile, an early childhood vehicle that visits local childcare facilities.

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