Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pexels Stock Image.HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania restaurants can increase indoor occupancy to 50 percent starting Sept. 21, as announced by Gov. Tom Wolf.“While our aggressive and appropriate mitigation efforts have kept case counts low, we must continue to take important steps to protect public health and safety as we head into the fall. At the same time, we must also support the retail food services industry that has struggled throughout this pandemic,” Wolf said. “The self-certification ensures that restaurants can expand indoor operations and commit to all appropriate orders so that employees and customers alike can be confident they are properly protected.”The self-certification documents and information about the Open & Certified Pennsylvania program can be found online starting Sept. 21 and will contain the following:A list of requirements contained in the current restaurant industry guidance and enforcement efforts; a statement that the owner has reviewed and agrees to follow these requirements; the business’ maximum indoor occupancy number based on the fire code; and a statement that the owner understands that the certification is subject to penalties for unsworn falsification to authorities. Business owners should keep a copy of the self-certification confirmation they will receive by e-mail. Social distancing, masking and other mitigation measures must be employed to protect workers and patrons. Further, starting Sept. 21 restaurants that have alcohol sales will close alcohol sales at 10 p.m.Additionally, restaurants that self-certify will be mailed Open & Certified Pennsylvania branded materials, such as window clings and other signage designating their certification, which they can display for customers and employees.
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.BUSTI – Pumpkintown has released its schedule for Saturday’s Halloween celebration.Details include Halloween hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Trick-or-Treating will be from noon to 2 p.m. Candy will be offered at the attractions by Pumpkintown employees. Participants are asked to help themselves to candy as they make their way around the grounds.The Third Annual Halloween Costume Contest is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The contest is for children only and cash prizes/goodie baskets will be given as prizes for the first, second and third place winners in each age group. Winners will be announced and prizes dispersed immediately after their age group has finished. Regular admission must be paid in order to participate in the contest. There is no charge for the contest, which is at the Pumpkintown Stage Area.“Due to the pandemic, we are doing things a little different this year. You and your costume-clad little will take your place in line to walk past the judges with proper social distancing being followed! We have separated the age brackets to keep groups smaller and CDC guidelines will be closely followed. Please be respectful and responsible. Keeping everyone safe is the main priority.” the owners explained.The age brackets are: 2 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Ages 0-2; 2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Ages 3-5; 2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Ages 6-8; and 2:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Ages 9-12.Halloween Day will be the last day of the 2020 season. Pumpkintown is located at 3435 Baker St. Ext. in the Town of Busti.
View Comments Curtain up, clothes off! The 2005 film Mrs Henderson Presents, which starred Dame Judi Dench and the late Bob Hoskins, will be adapted for the stage in a new musical eyeing the West End. The Daily Telegraph reports that Tony and Oscar winner Don Black (Sunset Boulevard) is on board the creative team.Inspired by a true story, Mrs Henderson Presents tells the story of Laura Henderson, a recent widow in the years preceding World War II, who buys the shabby Windmill Theatre as a new hobby. When other theaters begin to copy their successful revue, Laura devises a new plan for the show—one with considerably less clothing.The film, directed by Stephen Frears, was nominated for two Academy Awards in 2006, including Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Dench. The cast also included Christopher Guest and Kelly Reilly.
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Resources (DWR) is proposing to renew six draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System wastewater permits for mining facilities in Avery and Mitchell counties. DWR has extended the public comment period on the draft permits until May 3, 2019 and a public hearing on all six of the draft permits is scheduled for May 2, 2019 at 6pm at the Mitchell Senior Center in Bakersville, N.C. Hiking and picnic areas are open along the Blue Ridge Parkway Officials with the Blue Ridge Parkway say that they are on track to open all campgrounds and picnic areas along the popular road despite time lost during the government shutdown. “We’re in good shape for the upcoming season,” parkway spokesperson Leesa Brandon told the Asheville Citizen-Times. A few of the facilities along the parkway, such as Crabtree Falls and Mount Pisgah campgrounds, will open about two weeks later than usual—around May 17. Linville Falls Campground opened at its usual time in early April and the entire 469-mile parkway is now open to vehicle traffic. Loved by anglers, paddlers and swimmers, the North Toe is considered an impaired river by the North Carolina DEQ. Last July, the North Toe closed to the public after a hydrofluoric acid spill from a mine caused a fish kill. DWR has indicated that they will consider all comments received by May 3 before making its final decision. Public comments may also be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. When submitting an email, make sure to write “North Toe Mines” in the email subject line. Pennsylvania lawmakers have approved the eastern hellbender, also known as the snot otter, mud devil and by other not-so-flattering names, as the state of Pennsylvania’s official amphibian. The hellbender is a giant salamander that is covered in a layer of mucus. Though it looks unappealing, the salamander plays an important role in the ecosystem. The hellbender is particularly susceptible to polluted water and acts as a bioindicator of an ecosystem’s overall health. Once common throughout the eastern U.S., the animal’s numbers have dwindled. Just last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided not to grant protections to the eastern hellbender under the Endangered Species Act. Mines on the North Toe River are up for renewal The Snot Otter wins as Pennsylvania’s official amphibian
BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — If you’re looking for a new way to get out and enjoy some fresh air over the next few weeks, one yoga studio is offering outdoor sessions every weekend at Recreation Park in Binghamton. Organic Yoga in Vestal is owned by Bryce Farrell, and holds the donation-based classes each Sunday morning. “It’s a safe environment where we can socially distance and just enjoy the movement, supporting movement, physical wellness, mental wellness,” Solano said. “I think the best part of all is just getting fresh air.” Instructor Graciela Solano said the classes have become a way for the studio to help people cope with the stresses that come along with the COVID-19 pandemic. Solano said all are welcome to attend, but asked people to pre-register. You can do that by clicking here.
“We’ve seen recently some very large purchases at the wholesale level, companies or large entities who are possibly hoarding Tamiflu right now,” said Hoffman-La Roche spokeswoman Darien Wilson in Nutley, N.J., as quoted in an Associated Press (AP) report today. Roche officials in Switzerland, Germany, and Canada already had revealed that they were limiting shipments to pharmacies in those countries in an effort to prevent hoarding, the AP story said. Oct 27, 2005 (CIDRAP News) The drug maker Roche announced yesterday it was suspending shipments of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to US pharmacies to prevent hoarding that could lead to a shortage of the drug during the winter influenza season. Verispan, a firm that monitors prescription drug sales, said US sales of oseltamivir last week were four times the level during the same week a year ago, the AP reported. Prescriptions totaled 67,443, versus 17,172 last year. The company said it was concerned that hoarding by people worried about a flu pandemic could lead to a shortage of the drug for those who will need it for treatment of ordinary seasonal flu. The company said the decision was based on the concern that news coverage of avian flu has caused companies and other organizations that don’t need oseltamivir yet for this year’s flu virus to hoard it. “Our announcement today will help assure that people who need Tamiflu for this year’s seasonal flu will have access to it, while at the same time we move forward to deal with the threat of a worldwide pandemic of avian flu,” he said. The suspension will not affect the federal government’s current stockpiling of oseltamivir for use in a potential flu pandemic, company officials told the AP. “We have agreed orders with governments and we will fulfill them,” said Alexander Klauser, a Roche official in Switzerland. “At the present time, we do not have an avian influenza pandemic in the United States. However, we need to make sure that people exposed to this year’s seasonal flu virus will have access to Tamiflu,” said George Abercrombie, president and CEO of Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., Roche’s US unit, in a news release. Meanwhile, Reuters reported that GlaxoSmithKline said it plans to increase production of zanamivir (Relenza), the other antiviral drug that could be of some use against a pandemic flu strain. The company also is offering free licenses to partners to produce the drug, the story said.
The Environment Agency’s new tidal flood defense barrier for Ipswich has been officially opened by Floods Minister, Dr Thérèse Coffey.Costing almost £70 million, the new flood defenses centerpiece is a 200-tonne rotating barrier which can be raised in minutes, helping to keep the town safe from tidal surges during storms.The defense scheme also includes 1,100 meters of new and refurbished flood walls and a series of flood gates on the banks of the River Orwell.Floods Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “This important new flood scheme, which has received nearly £55 million of government funding, over 80% of the total cost, will better protect over 1,600 homes in Ipswich from tidal flooding over the next 100 years.”The Environment Agency’s Chair, Emma Howard Boyd, commented: “The Environment Agency worked closely with the local community, the council and businesses to design and build a scheme that provides a greater level of protection for the town. It’s an important step forwards for our six year, £2.6 billion flood investment across the whole country.”The flood defense scheme, which will reduce the risk of flooding to 1,608 homes and 422 businesses as well as key infrastructure, has been partnership funded by the Environment Agency (£54.6 million), Ipswich Borough Council through the Haven Gateway Partnership (£3.4 million) and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (£6.6 million), the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (£1.7 million) and UK Power Networks (£1.1 million).
Mrs. Nila Jean (Lauderbaugh) Robinson, age 59, of Daleville, Indiana, formerly of Switzerland County, Indiana, entered this life on September 12, 1960 in Anderson, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of the late, Norris Wayne and Betty Jo (Bennett) Lauderbaugh. She was raised in Switzerland County and Anderson, Indiana and was a 1978 graduate of the Switzerland County High School. Nila received her associates degree in business administration from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Nila was united in marriage on August 18, 1984 at the Nazarene Church in Anderson, Indiana to Fritz Robinson. This happy union was blessed with a daughter, Katie Jo. Nila and Fritz shared 42 years as soul mates together and nearly 36 years of marriage together until her death. Nila owned and operated Sweet Memories Antiques in Anderson, Indiana for several years. She was employed as a placement specialist for the Hopewell Center in Anderson, Indiana for several years. Nila was employed as the cafeteria manager and cook for the Daleville Jr./Sr. High School from 2005 – 2018. Nila was affectionately known as the “Lunch Lady.” Nila will be lovingly remembered for her love of gardening, live music, being at the school with kids and watching her daughter play the piano. Nila passed away at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, July 19, 2020, at the Ascension Saint Vincent in Anderson, Indiana.Nila will be deeply missed by her husband, Fritz Robinson of Daleville, IN; her daughter, Katie Jo Robinson and her companion, Gabriella of Daleville, IN; her dog, August “Auggie Dog”; her grandmother, Stella (Romans) Bennett of Vevay, IN; her aunts and uncles, Louis and Norma Lauderbaugh of Crawfordsville, IN, James Irvin “Nub” Scott of Moorefield, IN, Gordon and Nancy Bennett of Rising Sun, IN and Janet “Peachy” and Robert “Bobby” Kent of Indianapolis, IN; her several nieces and nephews; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Karen Robinson of South Bend, IN, Frank Robinson of Anderson, IN, Mary Anne and Courtney Smith of Anderson, IN, Francis and Rita Robinson of Anderson, IN and Kevin and Sandy Robinson of Anderson, IN and abundance of friends.She was preceded in death by her parents, Norris Wayne and Betty Jo (Bennett) Lauderbaugh; her brother, Larry William Fair; her aunts and uncle, Linda Lee (Lauderbaugh) Scott and Lowell Wayne and Donna Sue (Ayler) Bennett.Due to COVID-19 and in keeping with the CDC guidelines, masks are required along with social distancing. Friends may call 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 23, 2020, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Due to COVID-19 and in keeping with the CDC guidelines, masks are required along with social distancing. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., by Francis Robinson at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to the Daleville Jr./Sr. High School Lunch Debt. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com
FedEx, the title sponsor of the Washington Redskins’ stadium wants the NFL team to change its name.In a statement Thursday, FedEx said: “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.“The company paid the team $205 million in 1999 for the naming rights to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.The Washington Redskins said that they are undertaking a “thorough review” of their team name after sponsors cut ties with them, and fans put pressure to rename the team because the name is commonly seen as a racial slur.
Mumbai: Sameer Verma continued with his impressive form as he upset Delhi Dashers star player HS Prannoy to lead Mumbai Rockets to a convincing win in their opening match of the Premier Badminton League at the NSCI Dome here on Sunday.Shreyanshi Pardeshi then turned Delhi Dashers trump on its head by upsetting Evgeniya Kosetskaya of Russia 12-15, 15-8, 15-10 to give the hosts a 5-0 win. It was a scintillating performance from the diminutive youngster against an opponent who is ranked 169 places above her in the world ranking. IANS Also read: Delhi smash Cheni in PBL-3