State officials are reminding Pennsylvanians receiving unemployment compensation through federal pandemic assistance programs that they have less than two weeks before those benefits end.  Affected programs are Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation.  The final week of eligibility for payments is the week ending September 4th.   The state’s normal unemployment compensation program is not affected.

Homeowners in Juniata County may be eligible to receive up to $65,000 in home improvements from the HOME Existing Owner-Occupied Housing Program. SEDA-COG is encouraging county residents to apply now to get on the waiting list. SEDA-COG manages the program on behalf of the County.  Interested residents should call SEDA-COG at 800-326-9310, extension 7215.  Homeowners must meet certain requirements. 

With students returning to class soon, school buses will be back on the roads. Motorists are encouraged to refresh their memories about how to share the road safely.  Pennsylvania law requires motorists stop at least 10 feet away from school buses when their red lights are flashing and their stop arm is extended. Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm is withdrawn.  Penalties for failure to obey school bus safety laws can result in a $250 fine, five points on a driving record, and a 60-day license suspension. 

In the coming weeks, the Pennsylvania Military Museum will be making necessary repairs to an exterior display that holds two 44-foot-long gun barrels used aboard the USS Pennsylvania during World War II.  The barrels saw action aboard the ship in the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Work will include the temporary removal of the barrels from their pedestals.  Maintenance and repairs will be performed by a team of engineers, architects, and historians. Once completed, both barrels will be remounted, allowing for continued interpretation and long-term preservation.   The Pennsylvania Military Museum and 28th Division Shrine is located at 51 Boal Avenue in Boalsburg.  For more information on activities, visit