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Saturday, August 15, 2015
3:00 – 5:00 PM – Woodhick Hike – Come join the Chapman Logging Co. as we move back to the late 1800’s. Experience what a logging camp might have been like. Learn to measure and identify trees, use primitive logging tools and build a fire. Enjoy a woodhick meal and sample “stick honies.” Lumberjack costumes are encouraged but not mandatory. Your experience will begin at the warming hut (Pavilion #5).
8:00 – 9:30 PM – Exploring The Night Sky: Perseids Meteor Shower – Join Tom Traub, Project Director for the Martz Observatory, and learn the essentials of stargazing. We’ll be trying out the park’s telescope to discover where and when to look for meteor showers, planets and deep sky objects. If you have a telescope gathering dust, bring it out and get some tips on using it from an expert. Meet the park naturalist at the Beach. Remember to bring a jacket and flashlight. (In case of rain program will be held indoors at the Beach Concession Stand)

Wednesday, August 19 and Thursday, August 20, 2015
Dusk – 10:00 PM – “The Boonies International Film Festival” – A collection of independent films appropriate for general audiences, presented by the Northern PA Film Office will be shown at Chapman State Park. This presentation is open to the public at no charge. Meet at the park amphitheater (Pavilion #4 in case of rain). Visit thebooniesinternational.com for more detail.

Friday, August 21, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 PM – Family Fishing – Join the Park Naturalist for an evening of fishing. Poles and bait will be provided. No fishing license required. Meet at Pavilion #1.

Saturday, August 22, 2015
9:30 – 11:30 AM – Wildlife Kayak Tour – Come to the Beach Concession Stand for a short lesson on basic boating safety and join us for a wildlife tour on the lake. Pre-registration is REQUIRED as kayaks are limited. You may bring your own kayak but you must still register. The program fee is $5 per adult and $2 for youth between the ages of 8 and 12. This program is not recommended for children under the age of 8. Youth are required to use a tandem kayak with a responsible adult. Those under 18 must have an adult present to sign a waiver. There are a limited number of tandem kayaks available upon request. Registrations can be made by calling the park office at (814) 723-0250 by Friday, 8/21.
2:00 – 3:00 PM – Stream Stomp – Investigate the stream at Penny Run and look for fish, salamanders, crayfish and other aquatic creatures. Be prepared to get your feet Wet! Meet at Parking Lot #1.

Friday, August 28, 2015
8:00 – 9:00 PM – Movie Night: Into The Wilderness – Join us as we journey into the last wilderness areas on Earth. Meet at the Amphitheater. (Pavilion #4 in case of rain)

Saturday, August 29, 2015
3:00 – 4:00 PM – Insect Scavenger Hunt – Join the park naturalist to look for insects and their homes. Prizes to everyone that completes the hunt. Meet at the Amphitheater.
6:00 – 8:00 PM – Sunset Paddle – Come to the Beach Concession Stand for a short lesson on basic boating safety and join us to watch the sun set over the lake. Pre-registration is REQUIRED as kayaks are limited. You may bring your own canoe or kayak but you must still register. The program fee is $5 per adult and $2 for youth between the ages of 8 and 12. This program is not recommended for children under the age of 8. Youth are required to use a tandem kayak with a responsible adult. Those under 18 must have an adult present to sign a waiver. There are a limited number of tandem kayaks available upon request. Registrations can be made by calling the park office at (814) 723-0250 by Friday, 8/28.

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kinzuaheritageThe 10th annual Kinzua Heritage Arts & Music Festival will be held from August 21 – August 23, 2015 at 4047 Fox Hill Road in Russell, PA.
Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22, the festival hours are 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Sunday, August 23, the festival hours are 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
General admission – $5.00
Children 10 and under are FREE!

This family-oriented festival is a living history portrayal, featuring Native American, Bluegrass, and Folk Music. Music is playing all day from two stages. There are also Native American Storytellers, local historical speakers, and re-enactors. You will find numerous artisans nestled among the Pines, including blacksmiths, wood and leather working, pottery, quilts, arts, crafts, and more.

Benefit auctions on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm to benefit local charities.

Covered shelter, food, and kids activities and games available. Free parking for the festival.

Website: www.KinzuaHeritage.org
Email: info@kinzuaheritage.org
Phone: (814) 688-7953 or (814) 757-5903

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shefffirefestDon’t miss a great week of events at the 2015 Sheffield Fireman’s festival in Sheffield, PA.

Sunday, August 16
Water Battle – Beside the Fire Hall.
Chicken BBQ – Noon & 3:00 PM. Must have ticket. Cost $8.

Tuesday, August 18
Carnival opens at 6:00 PM
KID’S NIGHT starts at 6:30 PM.
Come play games to win prizes… It’s FREE!
Special drawing at 10:00 PM – $100! Must be present to win.

Wednesday, August 19
Carnival opens at 6:00 PM
RIDE-A-RAMA – $10
Bingo at the Fire Dept Social Hall
Doors open 4:30 PM
Early Birds 6:00 pm
Regular Games 6:30 PM
Special drawing at 10:00 PM – $100! Must be present to win

Thursday. August 20
Carnival opens at 6:00 PM
Pet Parade at 6;30 PM
Special drawing at 10:00 PM – $100! Must be present to win

Friday, August 21
Carnival opens at 6:00 PM
RIDE-A-RAMA – $10
Bicycle Drawing
Special drawing at 10:00 PM – $100! Must be present to win

Saturday, August 22
Carnival opens at Noon
Parade at 1:00 PM
Smokin’ Hot SDCA Show at 4:30 PM at Memorial Field
FIREWORKS AROUND 10:30 PM
Grand Prize Drawing following fireworks.
Basket Raffle – Tent near firemen’s booths. All money benefits 53rd Fireman’s Festival.

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firstfridaysMark your calendars now to join us on August 7th in downtown Warren for a night of classic rock, hot rods, and cool bikes! Cars will begin cruising in at 5:00 PM and line up on Liberty Street. Music in the Park will feature the band, Black John beginning at 7:00 PM. Matt Maloof will be playing through the evening at Allegheny Books and Antiques. Shops will be open for business and will be hosting fun inside specials. See you on 7th in downtown Warren! If you have a classic car, hot rod, vintage motorcycle and you would like to join, please message First Fridays on Facebook.

fallfest

Friday, July 24
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM – MOON ROCKS – Join the Park Naturalist to learn about the moon and then go in search of your very own moon rock to decorate. Meet at the Beach Concession Stand.

8:00 PM – 9:30 PM – EXPLORING THE NIGHT SKY – Join Tom Traub, Project Director for the Martz Observatory, and learn the essentials of stargazing. We’ll be trying out the park’s telescope to discover where and when to look for meteor showers, planets and deep sky objects. If you have a telescope gathering dust, bring it out and get some tips on using it from an expert. Meet the park naturalist at the Beach. Remember to bring a jacket and flashlight. (In case of rain program will be held indoors at the Beach Concession Stand)

Saturday, July 25
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – CRITTER SCENCE INVESTIGATION – Do you have what it takes to be on a team of nature detectives, solving Chapman crimes, by examining evidence? Join us on a trek to look for clues and evidence of a wildlife crime that occurred in the park. Meet at the Amphitheater.

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – THE AMERICAN BLACK BEAR – Black bears are frequently sighted in Pennsylvania. Join Dave Donachy, a Wildlife Conservation Officer with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, to find out some tips for sharing the woods with these wild neighbors. Meet at the Amphitheater. Pavilion #4 in case of rain.

Tuesday, July 28 – Thursday, July 30
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – DISCOVER E: OUTDOOR EXPLORERS – Children ages 6 to 8 will explore the outdoors and discover what critters live on land and in the air and water at Chapman State Park. They will collect and study insects, take part in a stream safari, and take a camouflage hike. Games and crafts will add to their adventures. The program fee is $15 per child. Class size is limited to 12 participants. Please register and pay for your child/children by July 21, 2015. Call the park office at 814-723-0250 or stop in to request a registration form.

EVERY SUNDAY
“Non-Denomination Chapel Service”
– Non-denominational worship service held in the Park Amphitheater.
What: Worship Service
When: Sunday mornings
Time: 10:00 AM
Where: Park Amphitheater, Chapman State Park, 4790 Chapman Dam Road, Clarendon,
PA 16313
Who: Open to the pubic

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit. With adequate notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs. For more information about the Bureau of State Parks, visit BSP directly at visitpaparks.com.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jen Moore, 814-723-0259.

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21- Nice Day To Start AgainFRIDAY, July 3 through FRIDAY, July 24, 2015
CLOSED SATURDAY JULY 4

Reception for the artist is on Saturday, July 11, 6-8 pm
Gallery talk at 7 pm

Jeff Pullen’s works are not just illusions of three-dimensional realities. They are actually three dimensional, images of cityscapes painted on all sorts of construction materials, from shutters to bricks and siding. These works are large and fill many of the galleries at the Crary.

Pullen was born in New York and continues to live and work there. He holds both a BFA and an MFA from Pratt Institute and has been exhibiting steadily through the years, with over fifty solo exhibitions to his credit. His extensive resume can be downloaded as a PDF here.

Artist’s Statement:

The Picture Plane’s movement throughout the history of painting has been glacial. Its progress measured in centuries, defined by only a handful of artists. Pictorial space was regarded as flat and illusionistic with any attempt to turn, shift or redefine the plane met with resistance and derision. Forays into another dimension no matter what the size, were immediately labeled relief or sculpture, no longer to be considered painting.

It is my contention that the painted image is the illusion regardless of its surface. Linen or canvas lends no extra validity to the image. My first introduction to the idea of painting on non-traditional surfaces and forming a new and dual reality came in the form of Graffiti’s colorful letters and cartoons undulating across the doors and windows of a full length subway car in the 1970’s and 1980’s presenting one illusion until the car doors opened revealing the second reality, the riders inside and the cars functional interior. Reacting to this new duality, my work over the past twenty years has been a continually changing illusion/reality dynamic. I paint my imagery directly onto walls constructed of brick, louver doors, plexi-glass, car-hoods and other assorted building materials. The selections in both cases of image and surface are not random choices. I am not striving for a dominant and subordinate balance, rather an existing simultaneous “push/pull” or “illusion/reality.” Both elements should always be at the viewer’s forefront. This is not a sculpture involved with negative space. Form and the illusion become form that create multiple views both real and imagined. The narrative picture dictates the form and the construction demands how the illusion is read, whether its surface is floating above on plexi-glass or ensconced within the brick and louvers. I have chosen to use realistic images in my work in the hopes of garnering an emotional response from the viewer and ultimately fusing it with the tactile qualities of the constructed surfaces. I wish to involve all who come to peruse my work to engage in a constant dialogue back and forth between the two realities. One should not be comfortable looking at a painting but rather be continually challenged. Most recently I have begun to further confront the viewer in the form of cutouts in the surface exposing the wall behind the piece, or one constructed of brick, stone, wiring, etc. bringing the illusion full circle back to flat. The picture plane in my work is never stationary because as one moves back and forth between the two distinct elements, the plane continually shifts.
Every generation in time has trumpeted the death of painting or has created rules for it that have been set in stone, from the Catholic Church to Clement Greenberg. When Cezanne tilted his picture plane he did so unaware he would outrage the French Academy and later be proclaimed the “Father of Modernism.” When Rothko painted his floating blocks of color he did so long before being hailed as the first “Color Field Abstractionist.” In my work, I have no desire to be regarded as a 21st Century Mannerist. It is my considered opinion that the artist is continually learning all that he can, finding his vision over time, and setting out to express it any way possible. And if he is fortunate, he may change many of the rules along the way.

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From Representative Kathy Rapp:

This week, I voted to advance Senate Bill 1, which would significantly reform and modernize Pennsylvania’s public employee pension systems that currently face a shortfall of more than $50 billion, to the Senate for concurrence.

Under Senate Bill 1, all new employees who enter either the State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) or Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) would be enrolled in a combination of 401(K)-type and cash balance pension plan.

The shortfall was worsened by the “Great Recession” and has become a major concern to the Commonwealth’s school districts, which face skyrocketing costs associated with pensions. Reforming the system will help alleviate future property tax increases.

This plan preserves the Commonwealth’s pension system and does not alter benefits for retirees. This is a responsible solution which will save the state an estimated $11 billion over the course of the next 30 years.
Senate Bill 1 now awaits consideration by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Visit RepRapp.com or Facebook.com/RepRapp for the latest legislative updates.

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(HARRISBURG) – Older Pennsylvanians and individuals with disabilities who have applied for the Property Tax Rent Rebate program will begin receiving rebates totaling $214 million this week, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

The state Department of Revenue announced this week that nearly 456,000 homeowners and renters will be issued rebates beginning on July 1. Approximately 163,000 homeowners and renters should have rebates directly deposited into bank accounts. Others should begin receiving rebate checks by mail in the next several days.

The deadline to apply for rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2014 was recently extended from June 30 to December 31 to allow more eligible individuals to apply for the program.

“I’m very pleased that the Property Tax Rent Rebate program is helping many of our local seniors and others living on a fixed income,” Scarnati said. “My offices and several local area agencies are available to assist anyone who has questions or needs assistance with submitting applications. It is important for seniors to know they do not have to pay for this service.”

To be eligible, applicants must meet income requirements and be a Pennsylvania resident age 65 and older; a widow or widower age 50 and older; or a permanently disabled individual age 18 or older. The program is available to homeowners with a household income of $35,000 or less and renters with a household income of $15,000 or less, excluding one-half of Social Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits.

Applicants who received rebates last year are not disqualified from receiving a rebate this year if Social Security cost-of-living adjustments caused them to exceed these income limits.

Information and applications for the Property Tax Rent Rebate program are available online at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling toll-free 1-888-222-9190. Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms and more information are also available at Senator Scarnati’s District Offices in Brockway, Kane and Wellsboro.

Contact information for Senator Scarnati’s district offices is listed below:

Brockway – 410 Main Street, Brockway, PA 15824 – PH: (814) 265-2030

Kane – 21A Field Street, Kane, PA 16735 – PH: (814) 837-1026

Wellsboro – 5 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901 – PH: (570) 724-5231

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CONTACT:
Kate Eckhart
keckhart@pasen.gov
(717) 787-7084

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(HARRISBURG) – On Tuesday the State Senate sent to the Governor’s desk a 2015-16 state budget that boosts education funding and funds essential services without raising taxes, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

“On June 30th we sent a balanced budget to the governor that required no tax increases,” Scarnati said. “I am deeply disappointed that Governor Wolf chose to veto this responsible budget plan that increases education funding, provides funding for critical state services and places the hardworking taxpayers of Pennsylvania first.”

Scarnati explained that House Bill 1192 is a balanced budget that includes no new taxes or new tax increases and invests $370 million more in education. It also includes fundamental changes to the state’s pension and liquor systems. The budget was presented to the Governor by the constitutionally mandated date of June 30th.

Highlights of the No Tax Increase Budget Vetoed by the Governor:

$30.1 billion in total state spending.
$100 million more in new state dollars for basic education that is combined with reforms to the basic education funding formula and improvements in accountability.
$20 million more for special education.
$30 million more for early education, including Pre-K Counts and Head Start.
$300 million in savings for the state and school districts to pay for capital improvements.
$50 million more across the board for higher education.
$2.8 million to address avian flu.
Expanding community-based services for seniors to help keep them in their homes and communities.
Structural reform to the pension system, which is the primary cost driver for the state and school districts.
$220 million in additional revenues through liquor reforms.

Scarnati noted that in March the Governor had introduced a massive tax and spend budget that included tax increases totaling $4.7 billion for the 2015-16 fiscal year – the largest increase in state history. However when the revenue needed for that spending plan was brought up for a vote in the House of Representatives, it did not receive a single positive vote. After trying to negotiate with the Governor for months, the General Assembly crafted House Bill 1192.

“The hard working men and women of our state deserve to have a government that provides the core public services they expect,” Scarnati said. “I will continue to engage in talks with the Governor and work diligently to see that taxpayers are not burdened by the massive tax increases Governor Wolf continues to push for.”

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CONTACT:
Kate Eckhart
keckhart@pasen.gov
(717) 787-7084

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(HARRISBURG) – Legislation to increase penalties for impersonating a physician in Pennsylvania was unanimously passed by the General Assembly and has been signed by the Governor, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati, prime sponsor of the bill, explained that Act 10 of 2015 increases the criminal grading for a person who impersonates a doctor of medicine and provides medical treatment, from a second degree misdemeanor to a first degree misdemeanor.

“Impersonating a physician can have dire consequences for individuals who unknowingly place their healthcare in the hands of someone who is not properly trained,” Scarnati said. “I am very pleased that this bi-partisan legislation will help to protect those seeking medical advice and treatment.”

Scarnati noted that prior to this legislation being signed into law, impersonating a physician was treated the same as impersonating a notary public or other licensed professional under Pennsylvania law.

This legislation is based largely on a recommendation made by the Philadelphia Grand Jury which investigated and ultimately indicted Dr. Kermit Gosnell and other employees at his “House of Horrors” abortion clinic. Although Gosnell was ultimately sentenced to life in prison for murder, several of his employees, who were practicing medicine without a proper license, received lenient sentences for their crimes.

“I commend my colleagues in the Senate and House of Representatives for advancing this protection measure,” Scarnati stated. “In 2011, a Philadelphia Grand Jury brought to light instances of physician impersonation while investigating the Abortion Clinic of Dr. Kermit Gosnell. My hope is that with making these changes, we will decrease the likelihood that these crimes will recur.”

Act 10 was signed into law on June 26th, 2015 and shall take effect in 60 days.

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CONTACT:
Casey Long
clong@pasen.gov
(717) 787-7084

2015poster68th Annual 4th of July Celebration in Warren, PA.

The Warren County 4th of July Organization has merged with the Downtown Warren Partnership & Music In The Park to bring a Family Event to Downtown Warren on Friday July 3rd. The pre 4th of July event will begin @ 2:00 P.M. thru 10:00 P.M. & include Food Vendors, Games for all ages,Sidewalk Sales & much, much more. Music includes Temple Gray from 5 to 7 P.M. Only Human from 7 to 9 P.M. at Music In The Park & Leather & Lace from 8 to 10 P.M. Event organizers encourage everyone to spend the day & evening downtown to meet with old friends & make new friends.

Pre-Parade Show – 10:30am

Fourth of July Parade – 11:00am

Betts Park Activities – 3:00pm to 11:00pm

Take 5 (Live Music) – 4:00pm

Rock of Ages (Live Music) – 7:00pm

For more info, visit the Official Site.

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Across Pennsylvania, the practice has long been in place of taxing property to help fund our schools. While the school property tax may have made sense when it was first enacted in the 1830’s, constituents today have been voicing loud and clear that the school property tax is one of the most burdensome and distressing taxes.

Shifting to a fairer way to fund our public schools and reforming property taxes is a topic that has gained significant attention in Harrisburg. However, in some cases with land or property in rural Pennsylvania there are no tax payments to “reform” because a large portion of the property is owned by the government.

In much of the 25th District which I represent, government is the biggest landowner within many school districts. The federal government owns 500,000 acres of Allegheny National Forest in Warren, Forest, Elk and McKean counties. The state government owns even more acres in its state parks, state forests and state-affiliated Game Lands that stretch across Potter, Tioga, Clinton and Cameron Counties.

School districts are not permitted to tax the land owned by state and federal governments. Instead, Pennsylvania pays Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) money to Galeton Area School District (Potter and Tioga Counties), West Branch Area School District (Clinton County) and Cameron County School District. However, the problem is that those state payments are almost never increased.

Local school districts have been forced to increase property taxes year after year, to cover the soaring costs of education. A high school built today can easily cost $30 million, whereas that same school built 30 years ago might have cost $3 million. Yet the state’s PILT revenue hasn’t kept pace.

In 2006 I fought hard to increase the PILT from $1.20 per acre to the current $3.60 per acre. However, it is clear that this amount should be increased once again.

Our state faces a $1.2 billion structural deficit for this fiscal year, which we need to find a way to fix. Governor Wolf has made it clear that he wants $4.5 billion in new taxes this year. But before we consider new taxes, we need to fix existing revenues – including the PILT which negatively impacts hard-working rural Pennsylvanians because government owns much of our land.

In rural Pennsylvania we deserve to be treated fairly – just as those in suburban and urban areas of our state are treated. Increasing the PILT is a vital part of making sure that rural Pennsylvanians are not burdened more than those who reside in more populated areas of our Commonwealth.

Senator Joe Scarnati is currently serving his 4th term in the Pennsylvania Senate. As President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Joe holds the third-highest constitutional office in the State. He was born and raised in Brockway, Pennsylvania and represents the 25th Senatorial District, which includes Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, Tioga and portions of Clearfield County.