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first_img Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved his request to declare a disaster in Berks County after intense storms produced flash flooding between July 11 and 12, 2019.“Low-interest loans are a significant part of helping people and businesses recover from flooding,” said Gov. Wolf. “We appreciate that the SBA granted our request.”Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the flooding in Berks County, as well as neighboring counties Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery and Schuylkill may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. SBA regulations permit loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to restore damaged or destroyed buildings, inventory, equipment and assets. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial qualifications.The SBA will establish a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) to assist anyone who wishes to apply for a loan. The DLOC will be open at the following location and times:Salvation Army409 S. Reading Ave.Boyertown, PA 19512Opening: Friday, Sept. 6 at 11 a.m.Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.Saturday, Sept. 7 & 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Closed: Sunday, Sept. 8 & 15Closing: Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m.SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the disaster loan outreach center to issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process and help individuals to complete their applications.Individuals and businesses unable to visit the centers in person may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or by [email protected] applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Completed applications should be returned to the local DLOC or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 4, 2019. The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is June 3, 2020. September 04, 2019 Governor Wolf Announces Low-Interest Loans for Berks Countycenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgTerry J. “Toad” Prickel, age 62 of Batesville, died Thursday, July 5, 2018 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.  Born July 10, 1955 in Hamilton, Ohio, he is the son of Rosemary (Nee: Volk) and Albert Prickel.  He worked 30 years at Batesville Casket Company before accepting the position of Property Manager for Walhill Farm.Terry loved being outdoors whether that was hunting, riding ATV’s, shooting or long cruises on his Harley. He loved to stay “busy”, didn’t stay long and always had somewhere to be. In his down time, you would find him relaxing at the “Shack” or taking his grandkids on outdoor adventures.  A common theme heard from family and friends was his willingness to always be there to help someone.He is survived by his daughter Carmen (Matthew) Davis; son Aaron (Jennifer) Prickel, both of Indianapolis; sisters Janet Schumacher of Batesville, Pat Hill of Lawrenceburg; brother Ron of Bloomington, Indiana and grandchildren Isaac, Claire and Elaine Prickel and Jude Davis.  In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by brothers Randy and Tom.Visitation is Monday, July 9th, from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 10th at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to the Oldenburg Conservation Club or the American Diabetes Association.last_img read more


first_imgIn spite of the global pandemic which has not spared any sector of life globally and with high profile sports fiestas put on hold or postponed, men, women and children are still seen either walking, running and jogging to keep fit, especially in the street of big cities.According to the team leader of Blaugrana Sports Group International, Leslie Oghomienor, in a teleconference with the media, though spaces designed for specific sport purposes were highly appreciated, unknowingly to many people in every space was a good ground for one form of sporting activity.“Most people of the world now walk as a form of exercise each day to prove that sports is life. Look around and you will experience this very simple grandeur phenomenon, that we ignore,” Oghomienor said. Reacting to the preparation of some countries to resume football event, he said, it is quite certain that the clubs and countries involved, aside abiding with the guidelines of WHO and FIFA, must have put tested plans, competent medical team, with the necessary equipment, and sustainable structures on ground to give them the boldness and courage to want to continue in their trade, which to me is like breathing, which in the absence of it no life existence. However, they are not also ignorant of the fact that life is irreplaceable.“Even in real war situation, we have seen and read about instances where sporting event like football is organised between the conflict parties. Aside, that it is good for the physical therapy of those involved, it is an element for peace and well-being of humanity,” he explained.He stated further that people should be taught to know that sports was not all about competing in the Olympics or World Cup, but a good way to live life better.“Life is not all about victory, but being able to take full responsibility for one’s own actions and bear the consequences of our actions. Therefore, the best way to lead as a legend, as we strive to make out of our children in Barca Academy Group Nigeria, is to use tested, good examples as our models and modules. That way our future is secured. For they are the reason we are evolving in the very best way possible,” he stressed.He however frowned at the way sports men like Sam Okwaraji, Rashidi Jekini, Steven Keshi and a host of others were treated by the same country they served.Though he appreciated the Delta State Government for naming the state stadium in Asaba after Steven Keshi, he sees nothing wrong if the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, is named after Sam Okwaraji.As federal government named the National Stadium Abuja, Moshod Abiola Stadium, he called on the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, to make the recommendation of naming the country’s stadium in Lagos, after Okwaraji who paid the supreme price serving his country like good soldiers in the trenches right now.He sincerely welcomed the initiative of the current Sports Minister in reaching out to the mother of Okwaraji.He also called for strong support medical facilities and well qualified professional hands during league matches and national sports festivals. According to him, this should not be compromised in any way to protect and save the lives of sports men and women.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


first_imgFinally, the weekend wrapped up in Slave Lake, where the Trackers located their offensive touch in a game that resulted in a 6-6 tie.Sunday’s game started off well for the Trackers, who led 2-1 after the first, thanks to the game’s opening goal from Brysan Eklund, and a power play goal courtesy of Mark Readman.The second was a period to forget for the visiting Trackers, who allowed the Thunder to score six unanswered goals, producing a 5-2 score in favour of Slave Lake entering the third.The tables were turned in that third period, as it was the Trackers who managed to score four of their own in the final frame, as Brysan Eklund added three more goals to his Sunday total, scoring two of the three third period goals on the power play. Trevor Whynot added the Trackers’ fourth goal of the period.Advertisement Unfortunately, the Trackers also allowed Slave Lake to score a single goal in the third period, producing the final tied score of 6-6.Following the busy weekend, the Trackers sit in third place in the NAMHL’s North Black Division, just three points behind second place Grande Prairie.The Midget team will next hit the ice in a couple weeks, when they take on the top two teams on the road, travelling to Grande Prairie Saturday and Peace River Sunday. The Trackers began their weekend in Spruce Grove, Alberta, where they took on the PAC Saints for the first time this season, the top team in the NAMHL’s West Blue Division.Friday, the Saints showed why they are division leaders, beating the Trackers 7-1, after scoring three in the first, including two on the power play, and four more in the third period.Not only was it an introduction to the Saints team, but also the top three point producers in the league, who all play for Spruce Grove.- Advertisement -Ryan McCallum was the only goal scorer for the Trackers, scoring his fifth goal of the season, with the lone assist going to Wyatt Gale.Saturday, the road woes continued as the Trackers hit the ice in St. Albert, taking on the Crusaders, another team they met for the first time this season.Much like Friday, Saturday’s introduction wasn’t a friendly one, as the Crusaders shut out the visiting Trackers 7-0, thanks in large part to a stellar performance from Crusaders forward Jason Kidd, who scored six of his team’s seven goals.Advertisementlast_img read more

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