Many people feel it would be a sin to act that way. As a result, many true blue NFL fans will never participate in a fantasy football league. But the fact is that fantasy football is a multi-billion dollar industry. There are even fantasy football shows on TV that offer advice on who you should start, sit, drop, or pick up. On which offense will fare best against which defense. So as the pandemic continues, we have to wonder if the NFL season will ever begin and will it complete its season.
We also are now faced with the possibility that players could opt out or be lost to the virus. Add to the concern the fact that many leagues will have to forego their annual draft day, where they choose their rosters, eat tons of pizza and wings and maybe throw back a few adult beverages.
The league drafts will most likely have to be done virtually, via computer or telephone. Either of which will not be much fun at all. And the pre-draft preparations have also been down.
Fantasy football magazines — yes, there are many — are not selling as much. Websites have probably seen far less traffic. The uncertainty of having an NFL season has brought serious concern to fantasy football enthusiasts. In this pandemic world we have been living in, we need distractions. We need fun. We need something to give us a reason to get out of bed in the morning. CCR staff are trained to be accessible, culturally competent, and skilled at assisting people with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, co-occurring disorders, or other special needs, or someone just looking for a supportive, empathetic person to listen.
Staff are trained in trauma-informed care to listen, assess needs, triage calls, and provide appropriate referrals to community resources to children, teens, adults and special populations. The helpline has received a total of 9, calls since April 1 and is averaging 68 calls per day. There are also many other resources that remain available to Pennsylvanians in need of support, including:. If you find that you may need help, do not hesitate; reach out. Senate and we are pleased to honor him with this award.
Thanks to his persistence and leadership on seeing this bill through, animal cruelty is recognized as the serious crime that it is. It was signed into law in November The Office of Veterans Affairs has steadily fielded thousands of queries from veterans about their much-needed benefits. For veterans, filing for state and federal benefits often begins with meeting with their county director of veterans affairs.
The DMVA has provided counties with extra assistance responding to veterans to assure their needs are met during the pandemic. This has been done mostly through the use of virtual technology and closer coordination with the county and service organization veteran service officers. A complete list of county directors and their contact information can be found at: www.
If a county director is not available due to a county office closure, veterans may contact the DMVA toll-free at Department of Veterans Affairs VA to host two Pennsylvania-specific virtual town hall meetings that saw nearly , veterans and family members participate. Thanks to these events, veterans across the commonwealth were able to receive important information regarding their benefits during the pandemic.
Information about how to apply for federal VA health care benefits can be found by going to www. Veterans, family members and people who work with veterans can sign up by computer or mobile device at www. There are about veteran service officers in Pennsylvania who work with organizations such as the DMVA, county veterans affairs offices, and several veterans service organizations. They are experienced, accredited professionals who provide veterans with the best advice and assistance at no cost.
Department of Human Services DHS Secretary Teresa Miller this week encouraged anyone needing background checks as a condition of employment to complete this requirement as soon as they are able. Earlier this year, Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 18 of , which extended the time period for certain professionals to obtain an FBI criminal history background check upon hiring if they were unable to complete their fingerprinting scan due to the COVID pandemic.
The extension for obtaining FBI criminal history background checks lasts until 60 days following the expiration of the disaster emergency declaration issued by Gov. Wolf, or Dec. All individuals required to obtain additional clearances, including the Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check and the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, must still obtain these clearances prior to employment or continued employment.
The men and women of the World War II era got this nation through the most difficult of times and while doing it, they made us all very proud. They walk among us and they walk the halls of places like VA Hospitals.
My dad was on one of those landing boats at Northern France. At the age of He ran off the boat onto a beach, ran up a hill to meet the enemy. He stepped on a land mine and lost his left leg. Running off that landing boat, onto that beach, and up that hill was the last time my dad ran anywhere on two legs. He never questioned why he was sent off to war and why he ran into battle and why he lost his left leg. Like all those Greatest Generation men and women, my dad knew his sacrifice, while significant, was not as great as so many others who knew going in that they may never return.
The Greatest Generation consists of patriots who never forgot those who went before and after them. They all knew the importance of serving their country — in doing their part to protect our freedom.
They all knew where they were going and why they were going there. They also were well aware of the real possibility that they may not return home — that these moments before running off those landing boats and onto those beaches and up those hills could very well be the final moments of their all-too-short lives. That you may never marry, have children, hold a job, buy a new car, or have a beer with your pals at the local bar.
That this day — this moment — might be your last day alive. That your next breath may be your last. These were men and women of extraordinary character. They were brave. They were proud. They were determined. These brave soldiers knew that the enemy had to be defeated, and they were willing to give their lives if that was what it would take to keep America free. Sadly, we are losing these heroes. Most are in their 90s and in failing health. They have fought the good battle.
They went to war, came home and re-started their lives. When you see them, thank them for their service.
Talk to them, ask them questions. Let them know how much you appreciate all they did for you. We are who we are and we have what we have because of them. They are heroes of war, role models, examples of all that is good. And in the decades after World War II, we have sent many more of our young people off to war and they, too, have fought back the enemy. They have made us proud. And many never returned.
Many returned wearing the scars of war, both visible and invisible to the naked eye. I want to see and hear Carole King sing her songs. I want to sing along with her. I want to experience all that she is and has been for decades. So I went to Ticketmaster. There was a one line message:. And there is so much more to her body of work.
And there are more, many more song that Carole wrote for herself and others. Her talent is without question. I have watched many of her concerts on TV. They are all amazing. I am also a huge fan of the late Harry Chapin.
His songs really do tell poignant stories. I know all the words and all the inflections. Harry appeared in concert many times back in the day. For reasons I can not recall, I never went to any of them. So as I revival my tastes in music, I want you all to know that I grew up on The Beatles and love all their early stuff. Apparently, she and James Taylor appeared there in Lily would be a great comfort to me during the awful coronavirus pandemic.
But that is what baseball has become — strike out, strike out, home run, strike out strike out. No hitting behind the runner, no sacrifice bunts, no putting the ball in play, no driving in runners in scoring position.
I have my reasons, but I will keep them to myself. There is some hypocrisy here, I know. I wish that all those furry friends could find loving homes and avoid the shelters and the rescue farms. They all deserve to be adopted and taken care of by people who could find joy and comfort in their company. I was the proud papa of Lily, who lived to be and-a-half-years-old.
She provided me countless memories and good times. Lily would greet me when I got home and run to the top of the steps, turn over on her back and welcome a little belly rub. She would then follow me to the kitchen and expect a couple of treats. She would watch TV with me and allow me to pet her for a few minutes every day.
She would keep to herself, but she was always nearby. Lily had her favorite spots in the house — at the end of the couch, at the top of the steps, behind the couch, under the table, looking out of the patio door and, well, anywhere she chose to be. Lily, like all cats, had her own, very special ways about her. She lived her life her way. She slept when she wanted, she ate when she wanted, and she played when she wanted. She also offered her love when she felt like it.
So enduring the pandemic in my Lily-less world has been difficult. Which is what we all need right now. We need to, as it is popular to say, be there for each other as we go through this pandemic together. Humans and furry friends alike must do everything they can to take care of themselves and each other until we either have a cure, or the virus miraculously runs its course. As the presidential campaign attests, people have differences of opinions on the candidates. That is a good thing.
Robert Greenleaf was the founder of the modern servant leadership movement and the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. That really says it all. And year by year, each class of Leadership Wilkes-Barre proves that point. They prove it through their community projects. Leadership Wilkes-Barre Program Director Jessica Cronauer announced this week that the organization is seeking Requests for Proposals from area non-profit organizations and community groups on possible community projects that would be undertaken by the LWB class for the coming year.
Cronauer said LWB will select up to six projects for the incoming Core class and eight projects for the incoming Junior Leadership class to work on throughout the program year — September through April Now more than ever, Leadership Wilkes-Barre participants can apply their skills, talents and servant leadership responsibility to community and the betterment of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
We want to hear how we can help from nonprofit and community groups. For more information and an application to submit a proposal to Leadership Wilkes-Barre, contact Program Director, Jessica Cronauer at , via email at jessica leadershipwilkes-barre. The deadline to submit is Sept. These projects work and most are perpetual, having positive effects on the organizations, their missions and, most importantly, the segment of the community each serves.
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