Area Teachers Selected for Competitive STEM Program
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Area Teachers Selected for Competitive STEM Program

Two area teachers were recently chosen by SEDA-Council of Governments to participate in the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) 2018 Summer STEM Programs. This is great news for the teachers and their students!

Kristina Rogers, Lewisburg High School Environment/Ecology/ninth-grade science teacher, and Adam Steininger Jr., Midd-West High School Physics/Engineering/Astronomy teacher, are two of just 26 teachers across 13 Appalachian states selected to take part in this outstanding science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) opportunity.

This all-expenses-paid opportunity allows teachers and students to work with world-class scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. High school students and teachers attend for two weeks, and middle school students attend for one week, both in July.

Rogers, 45, is a Muncy native and resident, and has been a science teacher for over 15 years. She earned a B.S. in Biology from Allegheny College and her teaching certification from the University of Pittsburgh. She had worked at Loyalsock Township High School and started at Lewisburg last year.

Steininger, 28, graduated from Penn State with a B.S. in Physics where he entered the workforce at an engineering firm. While at the firm, he completed his teacher certification from Susquehanna University and started teaching at Midd-West High School, where he has taught for three years.

Congratulations, and thank you for your commitment to teaching our students!

Pictured, from left: Bill Seigel, SEDA-COG executive director; Larry Seibert, SEDA-COG board member; Kristina Rogers, Lewisburg High School; Adam Steininger Jr., Midd-West High School Physics/Engineering/Astronomy teacher; and me.
Need Help with Veterans Benefits?

In appreciation for their service, both the state and federal governments offer a number of benefits and services to our veterans and their family members. If you have questions about or need assistance with obtaining these benefits, there are several options to help you.

Dan Falls, a veterans field service officer with the American Legion, is available at the Mifflinburg office on Wednesday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on the fourth Wednesday of each subsequent month. You need not be a member of the American Legion to obtain this assistance with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits. Appointments are required and may be made by calling the office at 570-966-0052 or 570-837-0052.

Both Union and Snyder counties also have offices of Veterans Affairs to assist you.
  • Union County Office of Veterans Affairs – Union County Government Center, 155 N. 15th St., Lewisburg. The telephone number is 570-524-8677, and the office is available online here.
  • Snyder County Office of Veterans Affairs – Snyder County East Building, 713 Bridge St. Suite 10, Selinsgrove. The telephone number is 570-374-0181, and the office is available online here.
Cutting Through the Red Tape

To help enhance Pennsylvania’s economy by helping job creators, the House recently passed a multi-bill package to cut government red tape and reduce burdensome regulations while still maintaining the integrity of health and safety regulations.

Among the bills are those that would review statutes and regulations for possible revision or repeal; enhance the review process for regulations that impose a major cost burden on the state; grant the General Assembly the authority to repeal any regulation in effect without the governor’s consent; reform the permit process; and require each state agency to designate a regulatory compliance officer.

Pennsylvania currently has more than 153,000 regulatory restrictions that stretch across every industry operating within the Commonwealth. These restrictions create hurdles that businesses of all shapes and sizes must jump over in order to create jobs in Pennsylvania.

The World Bank and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University estimate that over-regulation has a negative effect on economic growth, ranging between 0.8 percent and 2.3 percent.

The bills would not require the repeal of any regulations vital to the health and safety of the Commonwealth’s citizens.

The package now moves to the state Senate for consideration.
Tracking Every Cent of Taxpayer Money

With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House recently approved legislation to greatly enhance the public’s ability to track every cent Pennsylvania receives and how the state spends taxpayer dollars.

House Bill 1843 would enhance the Pennsylvania Treasury’s Transparency Portal website and make the program permanent so it is always available to taxpayers.

Specifically, the legislation would create the Commonwealth Checkbook, a user-friendly online ledger to show the public how and where their tax dollars are spent. The bill would also require state agencies to post budget requests online.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Check Out These Upcoming Events!

Middleburg Heritage Festival: Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Middleburg Fireman’s Grounds. Offers arts and crafts, an historical walking tour, vintage and antiques, food and music. Click here for additional information.

Ashburn’s Animals Open House: Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ashburn’s Animal Farm, 291 Scrubby Hill Road, Selinsgrove. Offers Chinese auction, food, games, reptile shows at noon and 2 p.m., and you can meet the animals. Click here for additional information.

Lewisburg Live (part of Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts): Saturday, May 12, from 6 p.m. to midnight, seven bands will perform live music at several Market Street venues. Click here for a schedule

River Road Holiday and Street Fair: Sunday, May 13, 1-5 p.m. at River Road and Water Street, Lewisburg. Roll and stroll car-free along River Road, meet local organizations dedicated to preserving and protecting the health of the environment and community, and enjoy food, kid’s activities, live music, plant sale, raffle and giveaways. Click here for additional information.

Middlecreek Valley Antique Machinery Association’s Spring Antique Show: Friday though Sunday, May 18-20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Features antique tractors, engines and other related farm equipment with many displays, demonstrations, flea market and craft vendors, plus plenty of good food. Also free parking, admission, camping, barrel train rides for the kids and entertainment featuring truck and tractor pulls, tractor square dancing and music on Saturday night. Click here for additional information.

Riverwoods 27th Annual Car Show: Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 15 RidgeCrest Circle, Lewisburg. There is free admission to the car show, along with door prizes and music. Food and beverage concessions are available. Cars can be registered the day of the event from 8:30-11:30 a.m. for a $15 fee. Parking will cost $3 per vehicle not being shown. Click here for additional information and the registration form.

Mifflinburg Mayfest and Winefest: Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., VFW Carnival Grounds, 10770 Old Turnpike Road, Mifflinburg. Features a wine festival, craft vendors, food vendors, children’s activities and live music. Tickets are required, and you must be 21 years old to purchase a ticket. Advance purchase tickets are $16 and tickets at the gate will be $20. Identification will be required at the gate. Rain or shine. Parking is free. Click here for additional information.

McClure Smorgasbord Dinner: Sunday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., McClure Volunteer Fire Company, 40 W. Specht St., McClure. Features ham, turkey and roast beef with mashed potatoes, filling, gravy, two veggies and desserts. Coffee and water are the beverages provided. Ticket prices are $10 for people over 12, $5 for people ages 6-12 and FREE for children age 5 and under. Click here for additional information.

Wounded Warrior Supper: Sunday, May 20, 4-9 p.m. at the Selinsgrove Applebee’s. Members of our military will be serving up some food and fun to raise money for Wounded Warriors of Pennsylvania. Also features live music!
What’s Happening in the PA General Assembly?

If you want to know more about what’s happening in your state government, look no further than the Pennsylvania General Assembly website. You will find information about upcoming committee meetings, specific bills, roll call votes, House and Senate calendars, existing state statutes and more. You can even watch session live through the site. Check it out here!
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