State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st, announced Nov. 30 the House Select Committee on Property Tax Reform has unanimously approved its final report, which includes recommendations to be considered by the House of Representatives.
Simmons was one of 13 House members from both parties who were appointed to the committee last June and charged with investigating all aspects of the issue, including municipal, county and school property taxes and releasing a final report by Nov. 30.
My grandparents, Geza and Violet Janzso, were amazing people.
They not only raised their own four children, but also openly accepted the added responsibility of taking my two sisters and me in, and raising us as well.
Now that both have passed away, I seem to appreciate more than ever their many sacrifices and the love, compassion and direction they provided to me.
What's even more incredible is that they were not only grandparents, but in every sense of the word, parents.
"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," a one-act show, is being presented by local Christian theater group, Players of the Stage.
Based on Barbara Robinson's work of the same name, the play tells the story of six delinquent children who go to church for the first time after being told there will be snacks served. Despite protests from church members, the youngsters are given roles in the Sunday School's Christmas play.
Laurel Strickland portrays Beth Bradley. Natalie Sampsell plays Grace Bradley.
To the Editor:
Congratulations to the 130-pound Catty football team for winning the Colonial League championship.
What an accomplishment for a first-year head coach and his team of great assistants.
This is a team that did not even have enough kids to field a team last year and had fewer than 15 players this year.
The 130-pound team lost only one game all season, to Bangor (9-1).
They won the rest of their games, many by the mercy rule.
This team was quite exciting to watch, with 30 plus offensive plays and many defensive schemes.
The 2011-12 legislative session wrapped up in November, and before we begin the new session Jan. 1, 2013, I think it is wise to take a look back and see what we have accomplished.
Of course, some years are more productive than others but, this past year, we have been able to make significant progress on several fronts that will help improve the business climate in Pennsylvania, increase safety and protection, and honor our military men and women.
Hanukkah and Christmas are times of the year when family and friends come together to share memories, laugh, sing, decorate and exchange presents.
For people living with Alzheimer's or dementia, the holidays can be a difficult and stressful time.
I have found with my mother, who was diagnosed several years ago with dementia, this is the time of year when she becomes more depressed.
Governor Tom Corbett announced Nov. 9 PennDOT is launching two voluntary programs aimed at saving the lives of Pennsylvanians in emergency situations – the Yellow Dot and Emergency Contact Information programs.
"Both of these programs speak for people when they can't speak for themselves, so medical concerns can be addressed and contacts can be reached as quickly as possible," Corbett said. "When someone is in a crash or they find themselves in an emergency situation, it's critical that emergency responders quickly find out as much as they can about the victim."
To the Editor:
In recent Whitehall-Coplay Press articles, attention was drawn to the unacceptable form of government practiced the past five years in Coplay. A clarification is needed.
Coplay council for decades had seven council committees. Each council member was a chair of a committee. Committees were unwisely increased to 15 committees during the past three years or so.
On Oct. 3, 1789, President George Washington proclaimed the Day of National Thanksgiving.
"Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits and humbly to implore his protection and favor," Washington is quoted as writing in his proclamation.
The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert Nov. 9 about possible scams taking place in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Following major disasters, it's common for scam artists to impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers. Such fraudulent schemes may involve contact by telephone, social media, email or in-person solicitations.
The IRS cautions both hurricane victims and people wishing to make disaster-related charitable donations to avoid scam artists by following these tips: