Earth Day, 2018

first_imgEarth Day, 2018 Environment,  Proclamations WHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s 2018 Earth Day theme is “Everyone Plays a Part in Keeping Pennsylvania Clean,” which acknowledges the commonwealth’s commitment to raising awareness and encouraging Pennsylvanians to examine their personal impact on the environment; andWHEREAS, the first Earth Day was enacted in 1970 and engaged over 20 million Americans to advocate for a cleaner environment; andWHEREAS, Earth Day now has become a world-wide event and has highlighted some of the most critical environmental issues on the world stage; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Department of Transportation, Fish and Boat Commission, and Game Commission have an enormous responsibility to the citizens of the commonwealth, and work year-round to ensure Pennsylvania’s water, air, and land are protected; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania is blessed with a wealth of bountiful woodlands and waterways, often most visibly showcased in our 121 state parks and more than 2.2 million acres of state forests, and other public lands that enrich the lives of both residents and visitors alike, providing irreplaceable habitat for countless flora and fauna, sustainable natural resources, and many scenic recreational opportunities; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s commonwealth agencies challenge every resident of the commonwealth to help in conserving and protecting the environment via green activities, such as recycling, water and energy conservation, tree planting, and active education about environmental issues; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania supports projects that demonstrate and encourage energy conservation, sustainability, and the usage of renewable energy; andWHEREAS, special Earth Day events are offered throughout the commonwealth to encourage residents to identify what they can personally do to protect the environment and make Pennsylvania a cleaner and greener state.THEREFORE, in special recognition of the efforts and dedication of the commonwealth’s state agencies and volunteers, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim April 22, 2018, as EARTH DAY. I encourage all citizens to become engaged in their local communities and join efforts to help maintain and improve Pennsylvania’s urban and rural environments.GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this fifteenth day of March, two thousand eighteen, the year of the commonwealth the two hundred forty-second.TOM WOLFGovernorRead full text of the proclamation below. You can also view the proclamation on Scribd and as a PDF. Governor Wolf Proclamation — Earth Day 2018 by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd April 05, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

How to break up with a man

first_imgLet’s face it, there are no easy ways to end a relationship. But if you understand what really makes men tick, there are ways to make it a little less horrible when you do it. Here are some insider tips from the mouths of the broken-hearted (and a few love gurus) on how to let a guy down easy. Use them next time you need a send a fella packing, ladies.Be definitive When telling a guy that it is over, be clear that it is absolutely, positively O-V-E-R. “Sometimes, we may be inclined to leave the door open — either to leave options open for ourselves or to soften the blow of the breakup for the other person — but this is dangerous territory,” says April Masini, author of Date Out of Your League. It might seem nice to offer the possibility that one day in the future, you two will possibly find your way back into each other’s arms… but all this does is give the poor guy false hope. And with false hope comes those desperate calls at 3 a.m. asking if you’re ready to take him back yet. “Make it clear that he needs to move on,” says John Seeley, M.A., author of Get Unstuck! The Simple Guide to Restart Your Life. “Guys would rather hear the truth and then know what they need to do to move forward in their lives.” Don’t let him be the last to know your feelings Sure, talking through your feelings with a friend can be helpful when working up the courage to break things off, but try to limit yourself to how many people hear the test run of your dumping speech ahead of time. Eventually, someone is going to tattle, and as any guy will tell you, being the last to know that you’ve been dumped is not fun. “My best friend told me that he heard my girlfriend was thinking of breaking up with me,” says 32-year-old Dave from Long Island, NY. “I later found out that all of my friends knew before I did. I was so angry and humiliated. I felt like the biggest fool on earth, walking around telling everyone how in love I was, and all of them knowing she was about to give me the boot. It was the worst.”Don’t do it online The Internet is great for many things: locating discount airfares, paying credit card bills, wasting hundreds of hours looking at weird sites; the list goes on and on. But one thing that is not on that list (and never should be) is dropping a boyfriend like a bad habit. “My ex dumped me twice online,” says Chris, 31, from Washington, MO. “Once by email after we’d spent the weekend together; the second time, she did it over IM. At least ‘woman up’ and tell me in person!” Seriously, canceling a relationship like you would a credit card will put you in his Worst Girlfriend Hall of Fame for life. “Voicemail, emails, Post-its and IMs are not cool ways to break up,” says Masini. “If you’ve spent more than three dates with the guy, you owe him a face-to-face sit-down discussion.” If you’re totally scared to do that, the phone can be an acceptable termination device — but only for short-term relationships.Steer clear of using fake excuses OK, you don’t have to tell someone point-blank that he is no longer worth your time, but lying your way out of a relationship is almost always going to backfire. He’ll feel twice as bad when he learns the truth, and you’ll feel like a jerk for doing it. “I went out a few times with this woman, and we talked a few times afterward,” says John, 34, from Virginia. “She worked as a government contractor at a submarine base and told me she’d been accepted to a top-secret program in Arizona that would last at least six months. Long story short: she was lying, and I bumped into her just a month later. And this was after we had a conversation about how awful it was that people couldn’t be honest!” If you want either one of you to maintain your dignity, tell him the truth. You don’t have to be brutally honest, though. “I just don’t feel a connection with you” is a perfectly good way of saying, “You are too busy for me” or “I didn’t know someone could kiss that badly.”Be brief in your explanation “Keep it short and sweet,” urges Stephany Alexander, relationship expert at Unless you’ve been together for years and years, no breakup speech should last more than 30 minutes. You don’t need to give him every reason you want to end things; instead, just name one or two major problems and be done with it. The last thing you want is having him interpret your litany of ways he’s failed you romantically as a list of things he can change in order to win you back. Make it clear that this isn’t a negotiation. It may seem cruel to be brusque about it, but like ripping off a Band-Aid, the faster you do it, the faster you’ll feel better.Avoid feeding any drama A man with wounded pride and hurt feelings can get verbally abusive sometimes, so try to defuse the situation with silence. “Don’t engage with him,” says Masini. “Listen. Be quiet. Don’t respond.” Don’t fuel the fire by defending yourself. Let him get it all out, then leave. If you’re worried that the guy might hurt himself or someone else in the wake of your breakup, call a counselor or a police officer. Trying to take on a dangerous situation by yourself is just that — dangerous.Secure a breakup buddy “Breaking up can be overwhelming,” says Masini, “and it may cause you to want to call your ex for contact or comfort. After you break up, have plans to meet with a friend. Debrief over lunch and a movie.” Remove his number from your cell phone while you’re at it. Post-breakup conversations tend to lead to post-breakup reunions, and next thing you know, you’re having brunch together and wondering how the heck you wound up with this guy again. If you want to touch base to see how he’s doing, give it a couple of months at least. If he’s still sweet on you, any contact (no matter how innocent) is going to be interpreted as a ray of hope that love will spring again.By Dan BovaYAHOO dating Tips and Advice Sharing is caring! Share Tweet LifestyleRelationships How to break up with a man by: – January 18, 2012center_img Share Share 48 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Newcastle complete Ferreyra deal

first_imgNewcastle have bolstered their strikeforce ahead of the new Barclays Premier League campaign by signing Facundo Ferreyra from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk on a season-long loan deal. Ferreyra said on the club’s official website: “I am very pleased to sign for Newcastle United. “I like the Premier League and when I knew that Newcastle were interested in me, it was a very easy decision to make. “I spoke to my friend Fabricio Coloccini, and when he told me about the club I didn’t need to think twice.” Ferreyra’s future at Shakhtar appeared uncertain after he was one of six players who decided against flying back to Donetsk following a friendly against Lyon in France last month due to concerns over the conflict which is raging in the region. He becomes Newcastle’s seventh summer signing following the arrivals of defender Daryl Janmaat, midfielders Jack Colback, Siem de Jong and Remy Cabella and strikers Ayoze Perez and Emmanuel Riviere. Ferreyra, who came through the ranks at Banfield and played there for four seasons before moving to Velez in July 2012, will link up with Newcastle’s squad in Germany as they take part in this weekend’s Schalke 04 Cup. Magpies manager Alan Pardew was delighted with his latest acquisition. He said: “Facundo is someone we know on a number of levels, including his friendship with (club captain) Fabricio (Coloccini), and we think he could be a big success here at Newcastle. “This is a player who has played at the top level and is highly-regarded in Argentina. He has tremendous potential and hopefully he can realise that here at Newcastle United.” Press Associationcenter_img The Argentinian struggled to get into the first team at the Donbass Arena last season following a move from his native Velez Sarsfield in July 2013, although he did manage to find the net six times from five starts, and had been linked with a move to Newcastle for most of the summer. That has now been completed by the Magpies, who have the option to buy the 23-year-old at the end of the season. last_img read more

Wellington City Council approves 2015 budget: No mill levy increase; changes in budget explained; why 3 new Fire/EMT employees …

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council unanimously approved a 51.526 mill levy for the 2015 Budget at Tuesday’s meeting which is the same levy as it is in 2014.Buoyed by an estimated increased assessed valuation of $41,980,876 for the community, the council was afforded some flexibility without raising taxes. In 2014, the valuation is $41.4 million and in 2013 it was $41.7 million. See budget figures here:Notice of Budget Hearing 2014The overall budget included a general fund levy decrease of 3.406 mills. The ambulance and fire department remained the same at 2.0. Bond and Interest increased 2.85 and library increased .556.Interim City Manager Shane Shields said the bond and interest increase was necessary to meet the existing bond principle and interest payment from the 2013 Lincoln Ave. improvements. The Library increase was necessary to fund the budget of $225,284. The governing body is required by Kansas Statute to levy for the amount determined by the board with a maximum 5-mill limit in place from a 1982 Charter Ordinance.The specific budgetary changes are as follows:GENERAL FUNDPersonnel changes:•Fire Department – The city will not be replacing an assistant chief/safety officer due to retirement. The council added three firefighter/EMT positions. The net cost increase in wages is $67,242. Among the benefits includes: better safety in fighting fires; reducing the overtime costs; and it will help ensure and maintain a lower ISO rating received this year.•Lake Department – There will be a change of a part-time to a full-time employee for a cost of $14,839. It will reduce overtime costs and provide more patrolling hours of the lake recreation area especially during the busy summer months.•Street Department – There is an addition of one seasonal laborer position costing the city about $3,907. The city needs increased mowing area at the airport.Several requests from the police, street, and information technology was not approved.COLA/Merit:A two percent salary increase for the employees were budgeted. However, the exact amount is to be determined before 2015 year whether as COLA or Merit pool or a combination of both. In any option it is not to exceed two percent.Contingency fund:This fund which is for unintended expenses i.e. emergencies is at $1.23 million. Of that $750,000 is potentially assigned leaving $525,980 unassigned. To reach the goal of contingency funding equal to 15 percent of expenditures would require $1.15 million.Transfers:There was $162,500 transferred from the general fund to equipment reserve and $281,000 from the general fund to capital improvements.CAPITAL EXPENDITURES: Equipment reserve fund:The city has budgeted for a combination fire engine/tender truck to replace two existing trucks – a 1997 engine and 1989 tender. The typical lifespan of the engine in the department is 15 to 18 years. The 1997 fire engine has recently needed significant repairs, Shields said. Purchasing a combination truck to serve both function will save about $100,000 including $25,000 for ambulance replacement and $24,000 for outdoor warning siren replacement with the intent to build the dollars needed to assist when replacement is needed. The ambulance runs every 8 to 10 years, eight sirens in 2021 at the cost of $192,000.Capital improvement fund:This fund includes $177,090 for future Klink and Geometric Improvement projects on U.S. 81 from Harvey to Botkin. It includes $55,000 for a study to address maintenance of the Woods Park Dam.•••••Fire/EMS 2015 Budget Justification:Sumner Newscow asked for a justification of three new firefighter/EMTs for the 2015 budget. A rumor that has been floating around that the Fire/EMT staff has been increased in anticipation that Sumner Regional Medical Center might close and they need additional employees to transport patients to Wichita. Shields said this is not the case. Here is a written explanation by Shields about the employee changes:“We are adding three new Firefighter/EMT’s to our staff. This would change our shift numbers from present full staffing of 5 to 6. We would work down to four on occasion e.g. transfers to Wichita and on county EMS calls and some county Fire calls.During the last two years our call volume has increased. Especially EMS calls which are due to many factors. Those are an older population, obesity, higher incident of drug and alcohol abuse, mental health issues, transfers to Wichita hospitals, increased traffic on the Turnpike, a trend nationally to more cases of diabetes and other medical problems. The increase in calls will continue as the baby boomer population ages. The use of 911 overall has been used more for just about everything as the public relies more on Fire/EMS to provide emergency and non-emergency services.We have problems getting off duty personnel to come back to the station for overtime. Some of the reasons I have been told are family issues, and burned out because of too much call in. Presently staff accumulates an average of 202 hours per person annually, due to standby and coming back to the station off duty for overtime. That is another 8.5 shifts for a firefighter or 5 weeks for a 40 hour employee. Several cite the mandatory standby requirements as a morale factor. Presently we require personnel to devote to 12 hour standby slots Friday evening through Sunday evening and on holidays. They get paid one hour of overtime, are the first to be called in typically for transfers to Wichita and must stay within 15 minutes of Wellington during that 12 hour period.We have difficulty getting sufficient numbers at large incidents such as structure fires and hazardous materials events. Our closest reliable mutual aid source is Belle Plaine. Their response time is at least 15 minutes. That seems forever when you are waiting on resources.Safety and efficiency-we work with less staffing than about any other paid department in the state, and on top of that we also run EMS. Have we learned to be more efficient with 4 or 5 staff? Yes, but those low numbers also mean we setup slower, take more risks, and work longer and harder causing exhaustion issues. For example Wichita puts 16-18 firefighters on scene for a typical house fire within a few minutes, Derby, Winfield and Ark City with higher staffing and close mutual aid resources can put 12-16 firefighters on scene within 10 minutes. We average 10 firefighters including mutual aid resources on structure fires. It usually takes 15 minutes to assemble those 10. Our next reliable mutual aid resources are over 20 minutes away. NFPA standards ask for 4 firefighters in 4 minutes and 15 firefighters in 8 minutes. Below is a graph of staffing, area covered and population of paid departments around the state.”Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down Voodoo Child · 312 weeks ago In my opinion we could still use more manpower in the fire department if anything the city needs to think about the safety of the firemen already on the job. Report Reply 0 replies · active 312 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down guest 1 · 312 weeks ago I would hope the city is looking at the possible closing of the hospital. It might take a couple of years to get an urgent care type facility to come in and make some money when the voters turn down the 1 cent sales tax. I would vote for a 1 cent tax if I thought it would secure a business that was going to get started, meet our cities needs and not need tax dollars to make a business work. I’m sure there hasn’t been any reaching out to anyone or thought about what if the monies dried up to keep this money pit going. Just look at the Doctors that practiced there. They abandoned it. They are in the business to make money as we all are, it wasn’t a good business decision to keep vesting in this facility. Decisions shouldn’t be made from fear. Fear should fuel looking at alternatives that benefit our community.. Report Reply 0 replies · active 312 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Crusader Pride · 311 weeks ago guest 1…the doctors did not abandoned the hospital…one retired and one still is on the board and works within with the elderly patients on the second floor. We need to stop and think how many people you want to kick out of a job….so more people move away and taxes again are spread across fewer people. Instead of looking how to close why not figure out how to expand services. Get all the doctors on board and using what we have local. Have the city try and bring in even more business….even if it means bending over backwards. Get agressive in the recruitment of business to this town. Report Reply 1 reply · active 311 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Hmmm…… · 311 weeks ago I would agree! Guest 1 have you need to be looking at the type of people served in an urgent care type facility. The uninsured and under insured. The ER is where a lot of the money lost or bad debt happens in a hospital. People cannot be turned away even if they should have gotten up and went to their clinic appointment instead of sleeping through it or not making one at all. Again you will pay either for the hospital or the fire department. It’s GOING to fall on us one way or the other. Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down notderby · 311 weeks ago Wow! Kinda looks like this town is burning down if you look at those numbers. Wellington has had more fire calls then Ark City and Great Bend put together??? I wonder if those are actual fire calls or is that just the Fire truck following the Ambulance on EMS runs?? Just wondering. Wasn’t the County talking about doing something EMS?? There is always 2 sides to the coin. It would be nice if they didn’t have to budget $200K a yr for overtime. If NEEDED go for it. Here are some other interesting numbers. Pop protected 5,000 to 9,999 Career Firefighter 21,600 Volunteer FF 104,000 Total FF 125,600… Report Reply 0 replies · active 311 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Voodoo Child · 311 weeks ago Our fire department have been at dangerously low levels for a long time. Fortunately for the city and the department no loss of life has occurred among the ranks. We have the good fortune of a paid professional fire ems department on duty 24/7 rain or shine. We need to bring the level of manpower for the fire department in line with what is considered safe for field operations for firefighters before we lose a fireman. Saving lives is important no matter what side the fence. Report Reply 0 replies · active 311 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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