Pennsylvania House Government Committee Chairman Seth Grove (R-York) has released a report on the committee’s months-long hearings on Pennsylvania’s election process and its 84-year-old election law.  The committee’s review of the election process was one the most comprehensive reviews undertaken by any state.  The goal of the hearings was for committee members to take an extensive look at the election process, identify flaws, and receive input on how to fix the problems. Throughout the 10 election hearings, the committee received testimony from more than 50 election experts and local and state election officials.  The 98-page report can be found here.

Geisinger will offer a free, virtual support group for survivors of COVID-19 beginning today (May 12th).  Geisinger psychologist Erin Hall, Psy.D., will facilitate the group each Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.  Sessions will cover common experiences in recovery from COVID-19.  The group will focus on coping strategies and building resilience.  To register, visit and search “COVID survivor support group.”  Participants can register for each week’s session separately.

Parents would have the option to allow their children to repeat a grade level due to the learning disruptions created by COVID-19 under a bill approved by the state Senate Education Committee, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte).  In current practice, the decision on whether to hold a student back is made solely by the child’s school and teacher. Corman’s legislation would give parents the option to make that decision for the 2021-22 school year.  Senate Bill 664 would also allow parents the option to extend enrollment in special education programs for an extra year due to COVID-19. This provision would prevent students with special needs from aging out of the system at age 21.

The Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce is seeking sponsors for the Independence Day fireworks display.  Fireworks are scheduled for Saturday, July 3rd, with a rain date of Saturday, July 10th.  There are two ways to donate.  Make checks payable to JRVCC Fireworks Fund, and mail to Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce, Historic Courthouse, 1 West Market Street, Lewistown, PA 17044, or pay by credit card at the chamber website..