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Fuel Oil under $1.70 Meat and egg prices drop Aldi still has low prices.

Good time to stock up on fuel oil.Also food prices are dropping. Aldi had reasonable prices all along but nationally beef and eggs have dropped 4% in last month. We get Aldi delivered via Instacart.

COVID rising in PA, only dropping in TWO states out of 50

We had stopped increasing COVID cases here in PA until yesterday. Now it is going up again expecially in rural areas (BTW, Punxsy is a rural area). Last week it was steady in 25 states, now only in two.

COVID articles in Australian Pub.

Festival/Party, or NO Festival?? CoC won't tell me

Confusion reins, (yes, I can spell, it is raining today) )is there a big party scheduled here in punxsy as the number of new COVID cases hit new highs for the country? Or Not?

You've got me, the Chamber of Commerce and Groundhog Club both refuse to communicate so I don't know and can't report here, on Newsblaze.com, on BlastingNews, or elsewhere.

My GHD book is free to download today (Sat.) since all the same places are still there in the Summer. Visitor's guide to Groundhog Day (best as an ebook) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083NZ98JJ

States which didn't mandate masks after opening are suffering

We have almost no COVID cases here but we will and a party is next week. Results from EVERY other state shows that opening is fine if people wear masks, but states like Texas which open but don't mandate masks are setting new records.

Lets show that Pennsylvanians are smarter than Texans and party with masks on.

As strict conservative Rand Paul (born in Pittsburgh) said, "Just wear the damn mask!"

Journalism can be dangerous even out in rural areas

We get threats daily and I know some are serious because they come from people who think it is OK to risk other lives by not wearing a mask 

An Amazon package (food) was delivered by tossing it on the ground next to a puddle. Close to an open but covered porch and a cart with a large sign "please place packages in this cart." Apparently the driver hasn't noticed or didn't care it was raining off and on. No damage, although the box was getting soaked.

I get threats on social media - this probably, PROBABLY wasn't connected but we have to be concerned whether a USPS driver doesn't know it is raining, or if someone tampered with it after delivery.

Hope I'm wrong, BUT having a lot of city folk come here next week? Not Good.

Numbers here in Jefferson County are low and climbing slowly but we have a big party June 28/July4 up at the Armory Field so we should fill up the hospitals by the last week in July. That will be the start of the first wave peak here in rural PA if people come. If we don't get a lot of people from the cities (not a lot of locals buy groundhog souvenirs) we won't see a big surge in local infections. On the other hand, many vendors could go bankrupt.www.groundhogfestival.com

Free this Thursday, Friday, Saturday my Groundhog Day Book which is also useful for this summer event - the sculptures, businesses and other locations are still here. you may need to cut and paste to go to .https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083NZ98JJ

Record infection rate in U.S. 36,000 new cases YESTERDAY. by July 1 experts think it could hit 150,000 new cases EVERY DAY. "What me worry?," Alfred E Neuman where are you now we need you so badly 

1 sentence news (mostly)

COVID-19 cases are increasing on many counties but no drastic surge, YET.

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Mayor Alexander says the Rebel flag flown on private property near the police station has been removed.

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The car show at Carlisle is being asked to close because having 100,000 people gathering at the small venue, even an outdoor car show, is considered very dangerous by the Department of Health. On TV the spokesperson and a number of vendors are shown not wearing masks even though doctors say they should be mandatory because you are 5 times less likely to catch or pass along COVID wearing a mask.

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Supreme Court 6 to 3, lead by Trump conservative justice Gorsuch, said today (6/15/2020) you can not discriminate against LGBTQ

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LATEST COVID NEWS, It appears masks aren't enough, you can catch this through aerosol droplets striking your eyes.

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A resurgence of the first phase of the pandemic has begun with states opening recently now showing massive infection numbers. Arizona is out of ICU space already.

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We are now in the first wave and only New York City has crossed the top to start down.Everyone else, EVERYONE including PA is likely to be hit hard with 180,000 dead by September, and likely another wave much worse unless we all wear masks all the time out of our homes.

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Massive hack of Nintendo Switch - Change your password NOW.

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COVID-19 cases surging in 22 states. ERs packed, ICUs almost full in Las Vegas and 10 other cities.

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Most platients in the ICU are so Vitamin C deficient that they technically have scurvey. C is consumed rapidly when the body fights an infection.

Possibile vaccine by end of this year.

still no response from Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce won't respond to me, I want to know if they have looked at the financial risk to vendors if they go ahead with the July event and people don't come out of fear of COVID (whether or not it really is dangerous. I probably wouldn;t be as annoyed if I didn't used to pay dues to the CoC.

That's happened on the Jersey Shore, businesses got ready, paid staff, opened up, and almost no one came except the kids with the least money to spend.

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Physical library - 10,000 books. Online Library 2,000,000, archive.org

I used to support libraries but they are becoming obsolete with so many millions of books avaiable for free online and even audio books on You tube.

You KNOW Amazon will have that book you want. If it is a classic Archive.org has it.

I donated 100+ technology books to IUP library decades ago and they were well received.

But when I donated the books I personally wrote to the Punxsy PUBLIC Library they were discarded - that was a while ago and fortunately today there are millions of books and movies online free skip the middleman.

There was even a recent Australian academic study which determined that most physical libraries would close and librarian was a dead end career path with almost no job openings by the end of the century. This was a study about the top 10 worst career paths for the next two decades.

USA TODAY called Librarian one of the top 8 dead end careers. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/careers/2017/10/13/8-jobs-that-wont-exist-in-2030/104219994/

I currently have about 11,000 volumes in my personal library and weekly issues of Science and Nature, along with some first editions but I am not enthusiastic about donating them now that social distancing will be vital for years if we want; to stay healthy.

This is especially so since there is so much free online.

Check the FREE on Internet link at the top of the page. Boost the internet. How much would it cost to have all of downtown on WiFi? What's the Library budget?

 

 

VIDEO CONFERENCING

Do you have relatives who are isolated or just far away? Have you tried video conferencing? It sounds complicated but it you are reading this then you probably already have VC software on your device. At most if you have a Personal Computer you already have or can download Skype for free and if it is a laptop then it already has a microphone and probably a camera. 

You don't need to risk your health going to some building to video conference.a

If it is an old PC, a good combination camera and microphone will cost about  $15 at Amazon or Walmart (you can get them delivered).

You can also make phone calls to regular tgelephones using Skype and not turn on the camera.

For a few dollars a month you can make unlimited video or plain phone calls in the US and Canada using your computer, tablet, Kindle, or other device which accesses the internet.

Google also has a free video conferencing application.

Zoom also works for free but is better for IM or instant messaging

Skype and is generally better for arranging a family phone/video call such as a weekly meeting to cheer up an elderly family member or a birthparty, or even a holiday.

Skype is Microsoft program so is found on most PCs from the factory and all Skype to Skype calls are free - I talk with my editor in Australia via Skype. You only need to pay something if you call a regular phone from skype - you can also get a phone number for Skype so home or business phones can call you directly like a regular telephone.

 

 

 

 

Rebel Flag Removed From Near Civic Center

Punxsutawney Mayor Richard Alexander told this reporter that the rebel (confederate battle flag) which was on a house next to the Police station was recently removed. He provided no further details but it is easy understand that he must be incredibly busy trying to deal not only with the normal problems but also the threat of a pandemic which has so far spared us here in west central PA but still must be planned for.

COVID Cases surge in VT after they did real testing. PA doesn't report probable cases

The reason PA and probably Jefferson Co. aren't reporting high numbers is simple.Turns out they are only reporting positive lab tests.They aren't reporting probable cases so no one is being tested if they are non-symptomatic. When Vermont did a big test after Memorial day they found 60 new cases in one day in one group. WHO made a mistake yesterday, asymptomatic people CANspread the virus fairly quickly. Oh, BTW, the tests aren't very accurate anyway, some miss half the infections, the best misses 10-20%

A number of the hot states do report probable cases, but many, including many which are reported as having declining cases do NOT fully report.

Dr. Fauci is in a complete panic, today he called it his "worst neightmare" and that is the guy who managed ebola and MERS.

Law and Order President Defunds Local Police Departments.

While saying he opposes cuts, President Trump is actually defunding police depts, RIGHT NOW. Trump and the Senate are refusing emergency funds to hard hit states. Hard hit states cut budgets of police, fire, EMS, etc. Therefore the law and order President is NOW defunding police directly.

No reply from chamber of commerce What if COVID is hot in Pittsburgh or Philly?

I've requested any planning information for events this summer including changes or possible changes due to the pandemic. Although I used to be a member of The Chamber of Commerce they haven't replied yet so no official updates. The last update on the summer festival plans was a GO signal from the CoC on 5/29 and no information about what happens if there is a surge in COVID cases as expected by every expert in the world.

What I wanted to ask the Chamber was if they knew approximately how many people attended the festival who are from cities or even out of state.

That matters because although we have been spared COVID to a large extent here In the past I've interviewed a lot of people at the festival who weren't local.

There is nothing magical about this area, we were spared because we had few infected out of state visitors.

If we have few or no cases in Jefferson County, it will still matter whether COVID is active in Pittsburgh, NY, NJ, MD, or other places where the visitors may have contracted and are carrying COVID to our rural location.In fact, does it matter at all whether we have no local cases if we are holding a big event that draws tourists from distant locations?

No news from local govt.

Just so you know, this site is NOT ignoring what is planned for Punxsutawney and the area, I've made multiple attempts to get comments or news from the local government with no response yet.

BREAKING NEWS 10:30a.m. Monday, 6/8 CNB Main Office Closes

The Clearfield main office of CNB is temporarily closed. The bank says to use branches. I am attempting to clarify the reason for this one office closing.

As of 5 p.m. (6/8) we had not recieved any response from CNB.

Small Business spending limits on the PPPF act eases pressure to repay

On June 5, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020. The Act provides greater flexibility to restaurants, hotels, and other small businesses to use Federal Government loans under the Paycheck Protection Program to pay for payroll, employee benefits and other expenses while weathering the coronavirus outbreak.

THE COST OF NOT SHUTTING DOWN

When you see the terrible economic cost of shutting down, consider the cost if we hadn't. Experts project an additional 60 million cases. 

Excerpt from my pandemic aftermath book:

By June The United States economy just lost between 15 and 30 trillion dollars, more than 100,000 dead (40 thousand in nursing homes alone). 45 percent of the 2019 jobs are gone forever, and 15 entire job categories (including bank tellers, librarians, telemarketers, cab drivers, even commercial fishermen) will essentially disappear within a decade - a change only accelerated, not caused by the pandemic.

For those who survive COVID-19 but had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit in a U.S. hospital, the average ICU stay as of May was 14 days - or $93,338 without intubation and $151,116 PLUS doctor and specialist bills if they were on a ventilator

4-Star Gen. Once in Overall Command Afghanistan Fears for The Republic

Gen. John Allen warns that politicisation of the military could be the beginning of the end of 'the American experiment'. After President Trump brandished a bible as a weapon (to the horror of the church's Bishop) and vowed to use active duty military against U.S. citizens, the retired general wrote in an op-ed for Foreign Policy that "to even the casual observer, Monday was awful for the United States and its democracy."

My next book, "Life After a Pandemic" is now published

The 72 page paper back edition is available now and the $4.69 ebook version, which I recommend due to the live links and frequent updates, will publish June 1. Available through Amazon or bookstores.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089CSCM5V

The ebook which works on any device or computer is now available and I recommend the less expensive ebook because it includes scores of live links to the government reports as well as periodic updates so it is always fresh.

Using Aldi with their delivery service, excellent experience

Whether because of the pandemic or just to avoid the trip to town we have been using Aldi's delivery service, just go the the local Aldi store online.

This week we had Julie Hall as our shopper. She did a great job communicating about items which weren't available and any options.

You can IM your shopper while they are in the store getting your items but everything isn't always in stock.

Thanks again Julie, your service in these rough times is appreciated.

Which Flu Mask Should I buy to protect my family?

A major study found that the expensive N95 masks are no more effective than cheaper medical masks used by doctors in surgery. With N95 masks now in short supply and priced out of the reach of average people it is good to know that if any mask will protect you then the cheaper ones work just as well for a virus. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190903134732.htm

99% effective shingles vaccine at Medicine Shoppe for those who ordered it

Those who have ordered and reserved a dose of the shingles vaccine should contact The Medicine Shoppe office where the order was placed. on 2/20/ I was informed by the head pharmacist that a limited shipment had been received. He asked that those who haven't ordered the vaccine quite a while ago not call - THERE ARE NO EXTRA DOSES and therefore none for walk-ins..

REVIEWS

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Quick review - Biggie's Quality Meat (119 between Punxy and DuBois) Great service, terrific meat, try the leek sausage! WARNING, closed Mondays, despite schedule on some of their web site (e.g. Value Packs).

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Snap-on truck king pin press (not hydraulic) heavy (abt 60 lbs.) anvil, 3/4 and drive socket set. $150.  

Celestron C5 1250mm spotting scope like new with custom foam case, spotting scope, AND $150 corrector Celestron Reducer / Corrector f/6.3. #94175 Creates flat field, increases F to f/6.3 and cuts focal length. list price $660 ($550+$110 for flat field lens) asking $500  (link to item on amazon)  

 

..........There is more to Punxsutawney than a royal rodent, this is quintessential small town America.........

NEWS and REVIEWS Without Fear or Favor

Ever wonder what your child's favorite (or least favorite) teacher makes?

It is a public record, just go here.

Courtesy York Daily Record

https://www.ydr.com/story/news/watchdog/2019/08/29/pennsylvania-teacher-salaries-2018-19-see-how-much-educators-paid/2155129001/

Just enter district name and county for full list.

That includes Punxsutawney, DuBois, Purchase Line, etc, every public school in the state.

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BTW, if your young student or an older adult wants a world class education for free or just some tutorials, check out Kahn Academy. K through college for free.

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Is ASPCA really helping animals, or helping themselves?

CEO salary for 2018? $852,231 according to Animals 24-7.org "At the end of 2017, the ASPCA claimed $273 million in assets. Chief executive Matthew Bershadker took home $804,372 in pay for the year, including a bonus of $276,000, and received benefits of $47,859, for total compensation of $852,231."

$56 Million is spent on those tear jerking TV ads yearly.

I donate directly to local shelters - used to own and run one myself. 

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Former excellent County Market now Shop 'n Save rapidly falling standards.

It is obvious enough that there is trouble here because they cut hours drastically (which is fine with me, no one here shops at 1 am.) but they are also advertising for new employees, you might think that all those from night shift would just move to day shift. 

Unfortunately the quality control is also failing rapidly 

NEW Sept. 25 I bought a pork loin, nice quality, cheap, perfect. Unfortunately, also bought several bags of potatoes and when I reached into the first bag I got a handfull of slime from a totally rotten potato. An unpleasant experience to say the least and powerful indication of poor quality control. In two decades previous that never happened once in that store.

The produce quality has plunged. back a few months ago I bought 2 bags of Sunkist lemons on Thursday 5/3, one bag was OK, the other had 5 rotten lemons. I bought 2 cauliflower, one was OK, the other was badly rotted, not just the minor surface black fungus you often see, but black liquid rot to the center, but not visible because of the wrap. Others should post, was this just my bad luck that half the produce I bought was spoiled?

Since buying chicken breasts a few months ago and finding them slimy I no longer buy any meat which I think was cut and packaged at this store.

Not just my opinion (although I did work with Julia Child and grew up in a hotel run by my parents) slimy chicken is spoiled chicken.

I try them occasionally in case of improvement but have been disappointed every single time. I mostly shop at Aldi and Walmart now.

https://spoonuniversity.com/how-to/raw-chicken-ways-to-tell-when-bad

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