PA Department of Labor & Industry to Conduct Series of Free Safety Webinars

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Health & Safety Division of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry will conduct a series of free safety webinars during the month of June. Titled PATHS (PA Training for Health and Safety), the series will cover a wide range of topics including emergency action plans, social media safety, workplace violence, industry-specific safety and much more. 

For a complete list or to register, visit the PATHS Training Calendar

An Update on the Recent Global Malware Attack

From MePush

What’s going on with this recent global malware attack? Are you safe?

What they’ve been talking about on the news is a variant of the cryptovirus; a program that encrypts your files and then asks you to pay a ransom to get your files back. This type of malware has been around for a while now, but what’s recently been making headlines is a version of that virus that exploits a new vulnerability in Microsoft Windows.

This new variation will crawl your network and infect every other computer that might be attached to it. The good news is Microsoft has patched this vulnerability for Windows Vista, 7, and 8. If you’re a Windows 10 user, you were safe from the start. Even users of Windows XP received this patch!

For more information on this important topic, or for more customized assistance with your computer system, contact one of the Chamber members in the computer, IT and internet services category. 

Member News – May 17, 2017

Member News

 

First Columbia Hosts Chris Herren

First Columbia Bank will host speaker Chris Herren at Bloomsburg University tonight at 7 p.m. at Gross Auditorium in Carver Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. and this event is open to the public. The founder of the Herren Project, Herren is a former college basketball and NBA player who struggled with substance abuse for much of his basketball career and overdosed on heroin in June of 2008. With the help of friends and family, he has been clean since August 1, 2008 and has traveled the country telling his story to increase education and public awareness on the dangers of substance abuse and to ultimately help others one person at a time. He was also the subject of a 2011 ESPN 30 for 30 documentary titled Unguarded. 

This event is open to the public. However, seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information on this event, visit First Columbia’s website or Facebook page.


Public Meeting to Address Flood Impacts in Danville

Floods and flood insurance have impacted Danville Borough, and the public is invited to a meeting to learn about a flood resiliency initiative that aims to resolve many of these issues. The meeting will be held tomorrow, May 18, at 6 p.m. in the Borough Hall, 239 Mill St., Danville. The purpose of the meeting is to review flood mitigation ideas, gain a better understanding of residents’ needs and discuss preliminary survey results. It is part of a larger flood resiliency initiative being undertaken by SEDA-COG in several communities within Pennsylvania’s central region, and is funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission. For more information, contact Jamie Shrawder at 570-275-3091.

 

Montour Fossil Pit Garners Recognition on Travel Website

The fossil pit at the Montour Preserve, which is managed by the Montour Area Recreation Commission, was recently recognized on the travel website, topvaluereviews.net in a piece that lists the “30 most impressive fossil sites in North America. The site is one of just seven in the list of 30 located east of the Mississippi River. Noted for its status as both a preserve an an active excavation site, the website also recognizes the fossil pit as a popular destination for local school field trips. 


Teen Star Musical Competition Finals Set

The finals of the seventh annual Teen Star musical competition will be held on Sunday, May 21, at 2 p.m. in Haas Auditorium at Bloomsburg University. Inspired by the hit TV show American Idol, this annual event for local high school students is sponsored by First Columbia Bank as a way to show support for local youth, schools and the performing arts. At the final event, friends, family and a supportive community will gather to cheer on 12 finalists as they perform songs ranging from contemporary pop music to show tunes and even a few original pieces. Over the past six years, First Columbia has awarded more than $30K in prize money and given more than $30K in ticket proceeds and donations from this event back to area high school music departments. For more information, visit First Columbia’s website.


Attend a Yoga Mala Event to Help Beautify Downtown Danville

Join your community in raising awareness and funds to help beautify downtown Danville as you help Mill Street become a thriving and vibrant downtown destination for everyone to enjoy. A yoga mala event will bring together community members to support this common cause on Sunday, June 4, at 2 p.m at Goose Cove Field at the Montour Preserve. Those that attend will be guided through 108 sun-salutations to honor growth, transformation, and new beginnings. This is a donation-based event, and the public is welcome. All donations raised will help provide for new public amenities such as bicycle racks, flowers and decorative plant potters, benches, and much more in downtown Danville.


Free Cancer Screenings in Bloomsburg

Geisinger Health System will provide free skin cancer screenings on Tuesday, June 6 from 1–4 p.m. at Geisinger Bloomsburg, 2407 Reichart Road, Bloomsburg. Appointments are required. To register, visit geisinger.org/events or call 800-275-6401.


Geisinger Seeks Community Members for Hot Air Balloon Festival Planning Committee

Geisinger Health System will host the inaugural Dream Big Hot Air Balloon Festival, October 6-7 at Spyglass Ridge Winery in Sunbury. In order to encourage participation and feedback from the community and gain more ideas, Geisinger is currently seeking additional community members to serve on a planning committee for this event. If interested in participating, please contact Linda Vaji at 570-214-2581 or email.

Regional Industrial Development Forum Scheduled

Focus Central Pennsylvania will host an Industrial Development Forum on Tuesday, June 6 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Bucknell University’s Elaine Langone Center, Lewisburg. This event was organized to join industry thought leaders to take a comprehensive look at the current and future state of industrial development in the Central Pennsylvania region, including “game changers.” Attendees will collectively look at the game changers, opportunities and barriers to sustainable, successful industrial development. For more event details and to register, visit the Focus website.

This is a free event, made possible by generous sponsorships from: First Energy, PPL Electric Utilities, Larson Design Group, SEDA-Cog Joint Rail Authority, Norfolk Southern, Sunbury Generation, Mericle Commercial Real Estate, Grayston Enterprises, Don Stringfellow, JVI LLC, Berwick Industrial Development Association (BIDA), Williams, and Bucknell University.

Focus Central Pennsylvania is a non-profit, regional economic development marketing alliance committed to promoting new corporate investment in Central Pennsylvania resulting in the growth and creation of family sustaining jobs. 

Montour County Readdressing to Begin in June

Residences and businesses that will be impacted by Montour County’s readdressing will begin receiving information in the mail this month. The first of three mailings will be a checklist which will include updating driver’s license and vehicle registration information. Pending final approval by the Postal Service, address change information will be mailed and are scheduled to take effect in June. The Post Office will continue to deliver to the old addresses for one year. Any location that does not receive a notification in the mail by mid-July and would like to confirm address information should contact the Columbia Montour GIS office at 570-387-4930. Montour County intends to begin using new addresses for 911 dispatch on August 1, so it will be important to have the updated information by then.

The Montour County Commissioners have hosted three of four public information sessions to discuss readdressing as a result of 911 consolidation with Columbia County. The final session is scheduled for May 31 at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Riverside at 7 p.m. Information, including the checklist is available at MontourCo.org.