FRIDAY, june 14, 2013
BLAIR COUNTY EMPLOYEES COULD LOSE JOBS -
SOME EMPLOYEES OF BLAIR COUNTY ARE EXPECTED TO LOSE THEIR JOBS DUE TO A UNION-BUMPING PROCESS BROUGHT ON BY THE SALE OF VALLEY VIEW HOME. SOME COUNTY WORKERS WANT TO RETAIN THE COUNTY AS THEIR EMPLOYER, RATHER THAN THE NEW OWNERS OF VALLEY VIEW. TODAY’S ALTOONA MIRROR SAYS THAT BETWEEN FIVE AND SEVEN COUNTY EMPLOYEES WITH AS MANY AS 24 YEARS ON THE JOB COULD BE AFFECTED. THE CONTRACT BETWEEN THE COUNTY AND THE SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION PERMITS “BUMPING”, A PROCESS WHERE WORKERS WITH MORE SENIORITY CAN TAKE THE JOB OF LESSER TENURED EMPLOYEES, IF THEY ARE QUALIFIED AND THE JOBS ARE AT THE SAME OR LOWER PAY GRADE. THE CONTRACT REQUIRES EMPLOYEES WHO LOSE THEIR JOBS THROUGH THE PROCESS TO BE PUT ON A RECALL LIST TO BE USED BY THE COUNTY TO FILL FUTURE VACANT UNION POSITIONS.
CHARGES PENDING IN CENTRE COUNTY INVESTIGATION -
SYNTHETIC DRUGS WERE SEIZED AT A PHILIPSBURG HOME AND STATE POLICE SAY CHARGES ARE PENDING AGAINST TWO SUSPECTS. THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES REPORTS THAT A 37-YEAR-OLD MAN AND 47-YEAR-OLD WOMAN, BOTH OF PHILIPSBURG, ARE THE SUSPECTS. BETWEEN APRIL 4TH AND JUNE 10TH, THE STATE POLICE TROOP G VICE UNIT INVESTIGATED ALLEGED DISTRIBUTION OF SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA AT THE RESIDENCE. ACCORDING TO THE C-D-T, ON TUESDAY, TROOPERS SEIZED SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA, DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AND CASH.
CAMBRIA COUNTY HOME BURNS -
THE CAUSE OF A CAMBRIA COUNTY FIRE HAS BEEN RULED AS “ACCIDENTAL”. THE PATTON HOME OF 64-YEAR-OLD THOMAS DUCLOS BURNED ON WEDNESDAY. A STATE POLICE FIRE MARSHAL SAYS THE FIRE STARTED IN THE BASEMENT AND WAS CAUSED BY “CARELESS ACTS”
DCNR SECRETARY STEPS DOWN -
ON THURSDAY, GOVERNOR CORBETT ASKED FOR..AND RECEIVED..THE RESIGNATION OF RICHARD ALLEN, THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE GOVERNOR COULD NOT DISCUSS THE REASON FOR THE RESIGNATION, WHICH WILL TAKE EFFECT IMMEDIATELY.
HEARINGS ON TRANSPORTATION BILL -
the state house transportation committee began a series of hearings yesterday on senate bill one, the transportation bill that was passed by the senate. the bill proposes a two-and-a-half-million-dollar increase in transportation funding, including a provision for new revenue for the fish and boat commission. the bill would also improve highways and bridges in the commonwealth..but could also increase fees for vehicle registration, drivers licenses, gas prices and traffic violations. another hearing is scheduled for monday
FIELD CLOSED FOR THE WEEKEND -
The Altoona Area School District has announced the Intramural Field located between 6th and 7th Avenues across from the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse will be closed to the public June 14-16. THE FIELD IS BEING CLOSED for completion of renovations.
IT’S “FLAG DAY” -
TODAY IS FLAG DAY…AND IT’S THE 236TH BIRTHDAY OF THE UNITED STATES FLAG.ACCORDING TO THE U-S FLAG CODE, WHEN A FLAG HAS SERVED ITS USEFUL PURPOSE, IT SHOULD BE DESTROYED, PREFERRABLY BY BURNING. MANY AMERICAN LEGION POSTS CONDUCT DISPOSAL CEREMONIES EVERY JUNE 14TH.
FLAG DAY CEREMONY IN ALTOONA -
THE CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION WILL HOLD A FLAG DAY CEREMONY TODAY AT NOON. THE CEREMONY WILL BE HELD IN HERITAGE PLAZA IN DOWNTOWN ALTOONA.
BELLEFONTE CRUISE THIS WEEKEND -
MORE THAN 10-THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED IN BELLEFONTE THIS WEEKEND FOR THE ANNUAL “BELLEFONTE CRUISE”. THE CRUISE BEGINS TONIGHT AT 6 AND WILL END ON SUNDAY WITH A 5K RUN/WALK TO BENEFIT THE CENTRE COUNTY YMCA. THE ANNUAL “LAST CRUISE AND CAR SHOW” IN STATE COLLEGE WILL BE ON JULY 28TH.
FREE SUNDAES TO CELEBRATE “DAIRY MONTH” -
June is Dairy Month AND The Blair County Chamber of Commerce farm city committee will host Dairy Day today in front of the Courthouse in Hollidaysburg. free ice cream sundaes will be served from noon until the ice cream is gone.