by John Shaffer
As the Wuhan Virus seems to be playing out, with fewer infections, fewer deaths, and fewer hospitalizations in most places, the United States and other nations begin to resume normal operations. There will be fits and starts, and the same governors and government officials who made arbitrary and capricious decisions based on inaccurate or incomplete information to shut down their economies are likely to make arbitrary and capricious decisions in opening them back up. Residents of Pennsylvania can take a perverse kind of pride in knowing that our Governor has been one of the most arbitrary and capricious ones out there, but even he is acknowledging that eventually, business and other activities might resume.
A unique opportunity to support the emerging needs of hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic is a click away. Protect the Heroes is a national initiative to raise desperately needed money for critical hospital resources, including hundreds of millions of masks and other materials for the physicians, nurses, and caregivers who are treating coronavirus patients and are at greater risk due to a nationwide shortage of PPE.
Applications for those wishing to participate in the 2021 Outstanding Young Woman program are now available from their individual area high school contacts and online at www.bradfordsullivanoyw.com/apply. Applications may also be requested through the organization’s Facebook page, “Bradford-Sullivan Co. OYW.” Young women who are currently in the junior class, are U.S. Citizens, and attend high school or reside in a school district within Bradford or Sullivan Counties, are eligible to participate. Although the timing of the preliminary evaluations is currently uncertain, applicants should make their interest known by submitting the form by mail as soon as possible.
The Outstanding Young Woman program is an experience that aids young women in developing skills and talents that will benefit them in their future, as well as providing cash scholarships totaling over $11,000.
The program date remains set for September 26, 2020, with the preliminary evaluation date to be announced. No girl may enter the fall program without first completing the spring preliminary selection process. Preliminaries consist of a five minute interview, one or more performing arts presentations of their choice, and evaluations of a shortened aerobics and fitness routine, and a presence and presentation routine. Scholarship and achievement is based upon GPA and community and school activities.
After finalists are chosen, they are invited to attend summer activities and a day-long get together rehearsal to become acquainted. Rehearsals are held on Sunday afternoons in September, culminating with a weekend dress rehearsal and on-stage program. Questions about the program can be directed to Cynthia Young, Board Chairperson, 265-3834, Bonnie Fulkerson, Program Chairperson, 265-6318 and Becky Basse, Spring Co-Chairperson, 265-5866. For more information, visit the Bradford-Sullivan Counties Outstanding Young Woman website at www.bradfordsullivanoyw.com.
District Attorney Chad Salsman reported the following recent criminal case resolutions in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, Towanda, Pennsylvania:SENTENCED
Lisa Maciejczak, 48, Towanda, was resentenced to incarceration in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 14 days to five months, plus court costs, restitution of $849, for the offense of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, a misdemeanor of the second degree. This sentence is consecutive to her other sentences.
Trooper Andrew Hurchick of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Maciejczak following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Township on July 9, 2019.
Lisa Maciejczak, 48, Towanda, was sentenced to Probation Supervision for a term of 12 months, plus court costs, for the offense of Defiant Trespass, misdemeanor of the third degree. This sentence is consecutive to her other sentences.
Trooper Gregory Pimm of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Maciejczak following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Township on June 10, 2019.
April M. Shaw, 34, of Troy, was sentenced to incarceration in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 59 days to 12 months, plus court costs, for the offense of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, a misdemeanor of the second degree.
Officer Briar Jenkins of the Troy Borough Police Department arrested Shaw for the offense occurring on Oct. 1, 2019.
Michael Horton, 38, Towanda, was sentenced to Probation Supervision for six months, plus court costs, for the offense of Attempted Theft by Unlawful Taking, a misdemeanor of the third degree.
Trooper Justin Millard of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Horton following investigation of an incident that occurred in Sheshequin Township on Oct. 14, 2019.
James T. Morris, 21, Athens, was sentenced Probation Supervision for a term of 18 months, plus court costs, for the offense of Corruption of Minors, a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Officer Timothy Cahill of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Morris for the offense occurring on Aug. 22, 2019.
Tabitha G. Torres, 39, Towanda, was sentenced to Probation Supervision for a term of 18 months, fines of $500, restitution of $18,222.95, plus court costs, for the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a felony of the third degree.
Trooper Nate Lewis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Torres following investigation of an incident that occurred in Sayre Borough on Jan. 13, 2018.
As part of the Bradford County Red Ribbon Campaign being held in Bradford County October 23rd – October 31st 2015, the Bradford County Communities That Care Coalition sponsored a Youth Leadership Summit at Towanda High School on Tuesday, October 27th . 140 students, teachers and volunteers came together to discuss the problems that youth in Bradford County see around them in their own schools.
Joe Markiewicz from Penn State Erie Campus, facilitated the meeting. He presented data from the 2013 cycle of the PA Youth Survey, which was taken by over 1700 youth in Bradford County. He highlighted several statistics about substance abuse, and risk and protective factors to help students understand how they can make a difference in their schools.
PA Careerlink Bradford-Sullivan Counties will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 in observance of Veterans Day.
The office will reopen at 8:30 am on Thursday, Nov. 12.
October 13th at 1pm the Bradford/Sullivan AARP Chapter # 4423 met at Jones Diner for a luncheon meeting. Servers Lori and Lauren provided excellent service while they were attending to other patrons.
President Tom House opened the meeting by leading the members in the flag salute followed by
George Smith offering a prayer before the luncheon.
Several restaurants were named as to where we would like to hold our Christmas banquet.
George Smith made the motion to hold the banquet at the Villa Sena, this was seconded by Marie House and passed. However, the banquet will not be held on the regular meeting date of Tuesday December 8th, but will be held Wednesday December 9th at noon due to the availability of the Villa's banquet room.
Foster Grandparents make a difference in the life of a child by devoting their volunteer service to children with special/exceptional needs or who are economically disadvantaged. Across the four counties served by the Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga Area Agency on Aging and across the country, Foster Grandparents help children in many ways. Foster Grandparents offer emotional support to child victims of abuse and neglect; tutor children with low literacy skills; mentor troubled teenagers and young mothers; and care for premature infants and children with physical disabilities and severe illnesses.
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