(Editor's note: Last names were not used in this article to protect students' privacy. The Citizen-Standard was given permission to take photos of participating students in the newspaper's coverage area.)
HARRISBURG - Marissa's face lit up with a grin that couldn't be corralled.
"She loves the interaction and she loves the kids," said her mother, Holly, of Halifax, as the pair waited to enter the Large Arena at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex Jan. 15 for the Exceptional Rodeo.
LOYALTON - Preliminary budget figures for the Upper Dauphin Area School District in 2015-16 show an anticipated deficit of nearly $1.1 million.
Business Manager Mary Bateman offered a brief budgetary report to the board during its Jan. 13 meeting. The $18.7 million preliminary spending plan includes the increasing costs of the Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS).
"The PSERS increase alone is what got us in the red," Superintendent Evan Williams, told the board.
VALLEY VIEW - The road foreman's report sparked some discussion last Monday evening during the Hegins Township Supervisors meeting.
According to the unapproved minutes, in the absence of Road Foreman Craig Coleman, the report was given by Supervisor Brad Carl.
The minutes state that Hegins Twp. resident Darrel Huntsinger brought up a concern about the long hours that the road crew puts in during the winter months when they are plowing snow. He stated that he saw time cards from last winter and there were times when they were putting in 15, 16, or 17 hours in a shift. He questioned if this was a safety issue and what the CDL regulations were.
DONALDSON - A brief meeting to reorganize the Frailey Township board of supervisors was held Jan. 5, resulting in a change to the time the regular monthly meetings will begin in 2015.
Donald Allar will continue to serve as the board's chairman and secretary/treasurer, with Jack Barnhart, vice-chairman. Keith Allar was re-appointed the township's roadmaster, and re-confirmed as the township's only employee.