A group of central Pennsylvania restaurant and bar owners is calling on the state House of Representatives and Senate to override Governor Tom Wolf’s veto of a bill that would have loosened coronavirus-prompted restrictions on the industry. House Bill 2513 would have set minimum capacity for restaurants and taverns at a minimum of 50% and even beyond that if allowed. It would have further let establishments to permit patrons to sit at bars, provided they socially distance and would eliminate the requirement that a meal must be purchased to buy an alcoholic beverage. On Saturday, the coalition of restaurant and bar owners said they are in a fight to preserve jobs, their businesses and their livelihoods, calling Wolf’s veto an unfair and industry-killing government restriction. Two-thirds of Senate and House legislators would need to vote in favor of the override, which could occur as early as today. But it has been a decade since the General Assembly has succeeded in overturning a veto by the governor.
Geisinger has begun notifying some of its patients of a data security incident that occurred at a third-party vendor, Blackbaud, Inc. Blackbaud provides cloud-based data solutions to nonprofits, foundations, and other social good organizations nationwide. They notified Geisinger it had discovered an unauthorized individual gained access to Blackbaud’s systems between Feb. 7 and May 20 and the individual obtained backup copies of databases, including some of Geisinger’s patient information. Importantly, Social Security numbers, financial accounts and credit card numbers were not contained in the database and were not involved in the incident. Also, this incident did not involve any access to Geisinger’s electronic health records. Geisinger has established a dedicated call center to answer any questions about this, which can be reached at 877-591-0212.
PennDOT is reminding motorists traffic restrictions are in place as a stream bank restoration project continues on Route 103 in Mifflin County. The work zone is located approximately one mile south of Juniata Terrace and continues for roughly half a mile in Granville Township. With the southbound lane closed, temporary traffic signals are enforcing an alternating traffic pattern though the area. Drivers are reminded the open northbound lane has a 10-foot width restriction. PennDOT anticipates completing the work and reopening the southbound lane to traffic in early November. All work is weather and schedule dependent.
As we approach the winter season, The Mifflin County School District wants to make parents/guardians aware of their protocols regarding weather-related delays. In a letter posted on the district website, Chief Operations Officer Vance Varner declared the district officials try to make weather-related decisions the night before school. As this is not always possible, all decisions are made no later than 5:30AM the morning of school. To stay completely informed of all delays, early dismissals, and cancellations, please be sure you have updated phone numbers and email addresses in Family Access which can be found on the district site. The Mifflin County School District does not always run on the same schedule as other neighboring districts, since road and weather conditions can vary. Please do not call the school to determine delays. You can always find the latest cancellations on the StormCenter page at merfradio.com.
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