HFOT day

This Saturday, Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is a non-profit organization, needs your help! They are building a fully-handicapped-accessible home in Mill Hall for a local Marine veteran with ALS. HFOT is having a volunteer landscaping day, in which the community is invited to help lay sod, spread mulch, and plant flowers at the site. The Volunteer Landscaping Day, is for home being built for Lance Corporal Timothy Dobos by Homes For Our Troops. Join HFOT this Saturday, at 10am, at 26 N. Parsons Drive in Mill Hall. Pre-register at https://www.hfotusa.org/get-involved/attend_event/.

Heat Wave

Pennsylvanians are urged to pay close attention to weather forecasts due to the current heat wave. Experts advise everyone to take common sense precautions to avoid serious health problems. State Secretary of Aging,Teresa Osborne, cautions that high heat and humidity can cause problems for the elderly in particular because they are more likely to have chronic conditions. Governor Tom Wolf says with an extended period of hot and humid weather, people need to keep an eye on loved ones, elderly neighbors and pets as well.

Story of Hope to the prom

Now, here’s a story of hope. Tami Sessions watched with tears in her eyes as her 19-year-old son, dressed to the nines in a tux and a date by his side, crossed the stage for the prom walk at the Shamokin Area High School on May 13. Matthew Sessions was born premature with cerebral palsy caused by an intraventricular hemorrhage of the brain. The teenager, who can only communicate with an iPad program, is developmentally challenged and usually confined to a wheelchair, but on that day, he and his date walked across the stage with the assistance of a gait trainer. Matthew used his iPad communication program Prloquo2Go to ask Youells to the prom in front of the whole class and she happily accepted. Matthew then practiced for weeks to get stronger on the walker to surprise his mother and grandparents, who had never seen him walk before.

Construction in East Buffalo Township

Construction is under way on the oft-disputed low-income housing project in East Buffalo Township. Ten units should be ready for occupancy by September and the rest by year’s end, according to Bruce Quigley, executive director of the Union County Housing Authority and member of the private development group for the project, Union County Housing Associates. Quigley estimates more than two dozen people have registered to be considered as initial tenants. Anyone interested in consideration should contact the Authority at (570) 522-1300.

Voters head to polls today

Oregon and Kentucky voters head to the polls for presidential primaries today. Democrats and Republicans will vote in Oregon while the Kentucky contest is only for Democrats. In the Democratic race, Hillary Clinton holds a healthy delegate lead over Bernie Sanders. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has no more rivals and is the presumptive GOP nominee.

WKXL Sports Friday

A child told then-Penn State coach Joe Paterno in 1976 that he was molested by Jerry Sandusky, a stunning revelation included in insurers’ litigation with the university. The order by a Philadelphia judge also cited reports by unnamed assistant coaches they witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and children, Pennlive.com said. The judge wrote in a decision for Sandusky-related claims there was ”no evidence that reports of these incidents ever went further up the chain of command at PSU.”

Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze said he was “shocked” by former Rebels offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil’s statement at the NFL draft that he accepted money from a coach while at the school. Following Tunsil’s acknowledgment after being selected by the Dolphins, Freeze is now asking for patience as the school investigates. There was also a post on Tunsil’s Instagram account – which he said was hacked – showing an alleged text conversation with an Ole Miss football staff member about arranging payment for bills.

It appears Stephen Curry is not quite ready to return for Game 3 of the Warriors’ second-round series against the Blazers. Coach Steve Kerr said it would be “tough to see him playing Saturday,” and when asked about whether Curry would play, he replied “probably not.” Golden State took a 2-0 lead without him, though the series now shifts to Portland.

Johnny Manziel ignored questions from reporters and even an autograph request after his first court appearance in a domestic violence case. The quarterback is a free agent without representation and has no apparent prospects for signing with
another team after being cut by the Browns. Instead, he is preparing a defense against a misdemeanor assault charge that carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M was indicted last month after ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley said he hit her and threatened to kill her in January.

Medical errors

Simple medical errors could be the third-leading cause of death in the United States. A new study published in “The BMJ” suggests that most mistakes are unobserved in official records. The study out of Johns Hopkins implies that medical errors kill more people than lower respirator diseases like emphysema and bronchitis. That would place the cause right behind heart disease and cancer as the leading causes of death in the U.S. Experts estimate there are more than 250-thousand deaths each year in the U.S. due to medical mistakes.

Antibiotics not necessary

Almost a third of the prescriptions written for antibiotics in the U.S. are not necessary. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that doctors are writing prescriptions for things like colds, ear infections and bronchitis even though they won’t help. The unnecessary antibiotics are pushing the strength of drug-resistant superbugs. Researchers say about 13 percent of outpatient doctor visits result in an antibiotic prescription and 30 percent of them are unnecessary. That equals about 47-million unneeded prescriptions each year.

Possible Listeria in Fruits and veggies

A major supplier of frozen fruit and vegetables is issuing a recall over concerns about possible listeria contamination. CRF Frozen Foods first issued the recall last month, but is now expanding it to cover more than 350 products sold under over 40 brands. They include products sold at Costco, Trader Joe’s and Safeway stores. The latest recall covers foods ranging from broccoli to sweet potatoes and blueberries.

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders is confident in his chances against Donald Trump in the race for the White House. After winning the Indiana Democratic primary last night, Sanders said he’d love to run against Trump and that he believes he’d beat him by a large margin. Sanders said Trump didn’t have the policy background, demeanor or the ideas to be Commander in Chief. Sanders said Trump has alienated nearly every group during his quest for the Republican nomination.