Saturday, April 8, 2017

Officials: April is ‘Sexual Assault Awareness Month’

BELLEFONTE — Sexual violence is a widespread issue and Centre County officials want the community to see that it can play a role in creating change.

During their Tuesday morning meeting, the Centre County Commissioners voted to declare April as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” in order to bring awareness in the local community. April is also “Child Abuse Prevention Month,” which the Center County Women’s Resource Center also plans to shed light on during the month.

Next Monday, April 10, there will be a sexual assault and child abuse awareness program called “Engaging New Voices” held on the steps of the Centre County Courthouse. The event, which takes place at noon, will honor survivors of sexual assault, engage new voices in the community and recognize community members who have made a difference in the fight against sexual assault.

Speakers at the event will include the Honorable Pamela Ruest, President Judge Thomas Kistler; Chief John Gardner and Detective Chris Weaver from the State College Police Department; Ali Warren Rothrock, sexual assault survivor, author, speaker and advocate; and members of the Guardians of the Children group from Altoona.

“We’re really being intentional about bringing new groups in to talk about how we can change the culture around sexual assault,” McKee said.

Rothrock is the founder of Hopes Lives Publishing and wrote the book entitled “Where Hope Lives.” During the event, McKee said that Rothrock will talk about her experience overcoming the trauma of sexual assault.

Members of the Guardians of the Children, a motorcycle group that works to raise awareness around child abuse, will speak at the event about what their group does and how they support children through both the court system and the healing process.

During the event, Kistler will be recognized for being instrumental in the development of the Center County Child Access Center, McKee said. Since 2008, the center has provided safe, monitored custody exchanges, and it now also offers supervised visitation services.

Another individual in the community who has made a big difference is Weaver, who will also be honored and recognized during the event, McKee said. Weaver is the county’s sexual assault detective, and over the past several years, he has been responsible for implementing new policies and procedures to both increase safety for victims of sexual assault and hold offenders accountable.

In other county business, a lead consultant has been chosen for the 2.5-mile Bellefonte to Milesburg Trail feasibility study. After looking at eight proposals, the five-member committee created to select an engineering firm has chosen Pittsburgh firm Pashek & MTR, according to Mike Bloom, county senior transportation planner. The feasibility study will help determine a facility type and preferred alignment of the trail, as well as document expected environmental, historic, prehistoric and cultural impacts.

The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the proposal to have the firm lead the trail study, with a $84,750 contract. Last December, the commissioners approved a $70,500 grant agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Supervised Visitation Services Seattle. A nine-donor local match commitment of $15,300 has also been made.

The plan is to start the study in early May and wrap it up next January, Bloom said. The proposed study area for the trail is between SR 144/155 and the SEDA-COG Railroad, following Spring Creek and the former canal.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Best Practices to Keep Your Home and Business Premises Safe

We all want our homes and businesses to be sanctuaries. Places where we can feel uninhibited and safe at all times. No one should ever have to endure the feeling of uneasiness in their own home. To make sure that your home is as safe and comforting as possible you’ll need to take some precautions. There’s no need to hire a full-time security guard or buy a pack of attack dogs. The odds that your family will be in some way adversely affected or your belongings stolen are slim. However, the best way to ensure that things like these never happen is to take some preventative measures.

Safe Store Your Belongings

Everyone has valuables that they would just about die for. Passports, insurance papers, wills, birth certificates, and other valuable papers shouldn’t be left to fend for themselves out in the open. Secure these items with a fireproof or home safe and keep them in an obscure corner of the house. Jewellery and laptops may also be better suited in a safe than in a desk drawer or closet. Thieves will only ever take what they can carry. Your golf clubs or big-screen TV will most likely be left alone if robbers ever do make it past the moat of alligators.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Fast and Easy Solutions for the Most Common Business Travel Nightmares

While travelling on business looks like fun from outside, ask anyone who travels constantly and he will tell you it is not as exciting as it looks. There are number of things that could go wrong including flight delays, troubling passengers, lost luggage and so on. You not only have to deal with these issues during travel but you also need to arrive at your destination ready to jump into business right away. Those who can deal with these issues effectively can get more accomplished during the travel and still get back in good shape.

It also helps to use your credit card during travels to help you to keep a close eye on your expenses and can also give you some extra rewards along the way. Here are some of the tips derived from talking to frequent travelers that can help you be more effective during business travel.

Delays are inevitable

If you frequently travel on business and take plenty of long-haul flights, you will no doubt already be aware that delays are almost inevitable from time to time.

There is nothing more frustrating than spending hours of your valuable time at an airport, while waiting for an update or your existing flight or waiting for a connecting flight to get the go ahead when the weather clears.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

5 Questions You Must Answer Before Starting a Small Business

There are many reasons people decide to start a new business. They could be looking for a new career following redundancy. They may have finally built up the courage to put themselves out there and embark on a new venture. They could even have started a business to find a way out of unemployment.

Whatever your reasons, it is important to know that starting a new business will not be easy, but you can guarantee all the hard work and effort will be worth it once your company starts to make a profit. To help you on the road to success, we are offering some questions for you to read to ensure you achieve your goals.

Would You Buy Your Product or Service?

You might have your heart set on your business idea, but would you buy the product or service yourself? If the answer is no, it might be time to step away from the project before you invest your time, money and energy. You can’t expect customers to buy a product you are not willing to buy yourself.

What is the Gap in the Market?

You are most likely starting a company based on a gap in the market, or you should be, anyway. Place yourself in the customer’s shoes. What can you offer them that no-one else can right now? By offering a service a person can’t find elsewhere, you should easily be able to rival your competitors.