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Week of November 28, 2016

DiNunzio’s Shoe Repair Celebrates 100th Anniversary
DiNunzio’s Shoe Repair , 43 East Cumberland Street, Lebanon, is celebrating its 100th anniversary! Established by John DiNunzio in 1916, it is currently operating under the expert guidance of Dave DiNunzio, a fourth-generation shoe repairman who learned the trade from his great-grandfather, Nicola. The business fixes high-end shoes, boots and character shoes and offers canvas, zipper and coat repairs. Since its inception, it has maintained a tradition of excellence, remaining responsive to the ever-changing needs and interests of the community. Its progress is a tribute to dedicated leaders and employees who have built a foundation for a bright future.

Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 100th Anniversary
The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce (LVCC), 604 Cumberland Street, Lebanon, is also celebrating its 100th anniversary! The LVCC is a visible advocate and resource for its member employers and the Lebanon Valley. It is committed to advancing the region’s economic vitality and quality of life through the provision of strong leadership and the formation of organizational and community partnerships, and has developed a strong reputation for the highest quality of service throughout its history. By steady adherence to the principles of fairness, reliability and integrity, it has become a leader in the community and a model that is worthy of emulation. Over the years, those in leadership positions, as well as its members, have contributed in a tremendous way to its growth and development.

Brandt’s Mill Celebrates 75th Anniversary
Brandt’s Mill, Lebanon, is celebrating its 75th anniversary! Owned and operated by Robert Brandt and his wife, Bev, Brandt’s Mill is a pet store and working mill. The mill is located on Maple Street, and began in 1941 as a producer of wheat flour and chicken feed. It then expanded to include other animal products, and in 1988, partnered with Kentucky Equine Research to produce its well-known horse feed, which is stocked at the store located on North Ninth Street, as well as numerous other food brands produced by local companies. The store also holds annual evets such as Wild Bird Days, where customers can win prizes, buy discounted bird food and learn about birds from around the world.

Lebanon Broadcasting Company Celebrates 70th Anniversary
Lebanon Broadcasting Company, 440 Rebecca Street, Lebanon, is celebrating its 70th anniversary! Going on air with WLBR-AM 1270 on November 13, 1946, its mission was and remains being a vital part of the community through the broadcast of news and educational programs, civic functions, entertainment and music. Originally limited to the hours of sunrise to sunset, in 1950 it was granted unlimited hours through the FCC and is now a full-time operation. In February 1948 its sister station, WQIC-FM 100.1 went on the air, and the two have served listeners with distinction throughout the years.

CONGRATULATIONS to one and all of the above, and best wishes for future replete with ever-increasing success and service to the community!

Pennsylvania State Police “Operation Safe Holiday”
The Pennsylvania State Police will be out in force November 20 through December 4 for “Operation Safe Holiday,” with a special focus on seat belts, child safety seat compliance and impaired driving. According to PennDOT, during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period in 2015, including the weekend before and after the holiday as well as the day itself, there were 4,029 crashes and 45 fatalities in those crashes statewide. Stay safe!

Bill Signed into Law by the Governor
House Bill 192 – Act 167 – amends the Civil Service Act regarding Veterans’ Preference;
House Bill 263 – Act 168 – allows the PA Game Commission to regulate the use of air or gas powered weapons for hunting;
House Bill 946 – Act 169 – creates the Pharmacy Audit Integrity and Transparency Act and revises the reimbursement formula for PACE/PACENET prescriptions;
House Bill 1398 – Act 170 – modernizes PA law on partnerships and limited liability companies;
House Bill 1653 – Act 171 – allows PA Department of General Services to certify minority-owned, woman-owned and veteran-owned businesses;
House Bill 1683 – Act 172 – authorizes municipalities to enact a tax credit against the earned income and property tax liability of fire companies and EMS active volunteers;
House Bill 1785 – Act 173 – requires each assisted living and personal care home in PA to post and disseminate information on influenza vaccines;
House Bill 2084 – Act 174 – requires the PA Department of Corrections provide pepper spray to all state prison guards;
House Bill 2370 – Act 175 – clarifies Tax Reform Code changes regarding Agricultural Conservation Easements and the Realty Transfer Tax.

Week of Nov. 28 – Dec. 2 Lebanon County PennDOT Maintenance Work Schedule
Mon. 11/28 – Weds. 11/30: SR 3015, Lawn Rd., S. Londonderry Twp. – Drainage Complaints, Flaggers/Lane Restrictions
Mon. 11/28 – Fri. 12/2: SR 4027, Lincoln School Rd., E. Hanover Twp. – Pipe Replacement, Road Closed/Detour
Mon. 11/28 – Fri. 12/2: SR 1012, Rosebud Rd., Jackson Twp. – Drain Boxes, Flaggers/Lane Restrictions
Mon. 11/28 – Fri. 12/2: SR 3001, Butler Rd., W. Cornwall Twp. – Boom Mow/Cut Brush, Flaggers/Lane Restrictions
The schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions, emergencies or other unforeseen interruptions. Road concerns can be called into 1-800-FIX-ROAD. If calling after hours, please leave a name and phone number.

Lebanon Valley College Students Travel to D.C. for EU Simulation
Students from Lebanon Valley College (LVC) recently participated in the annual simulated European Union (EU) parliamentary session in Washington, D.C. Representing the 48th Senatorial District were Rebekka Carpenter, of Lebanon, a graduate of Lebanon Christian Academy, who is pursuing a bachelor of arts in historical communications and art and visual culture, and; Sandra Hernandez, of Annville, a graduate of Central Dauphin East High School, who is pursuing a bachelor of arts in political science. About a dozen other colleges and universities in the Middle Atlantic region also participated in the simulation. This year, LVC students took on the roles of Swedish and Slovak ministers and parliamentarians, as well as President of the European Council. The themes of the legislative directive under debate were migration in Europe and Brexit.


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