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I didn’t either

Posted by Patrick Schurr | April 28, 2016

I was at IUP this morning for Senator Don White’s student program. I participated in an Economic Development Committee meeting made up of about 15 kids. The bill we passed out of committee, provided for the privatization of the liquor … Read more>

It was very well done, as I anticipated

Posted by Patrick Schurr | April 27, 2016


I spent the morning with the PA Fish and Boat Commission stocking rainbow trout in the Claysburg area. I have been invited to help before, but it never worked out with my schedule. This was a particularly interesting stocking today, … Read more>

These people do it all

Posted by Patrick Schurr | April 26, 2016

I hope everyone got to the polls today and cast their votes. In Blair County we were supposed to have thunderstorms, but it turned out to be a pretty nice day, so there’s no excuse for not voting. The Senate … Read more>

We, as a society, treat it so casually

Posted by Patrick Schurr | April 25, 2016

I got the tailgate handle on the truck fixed this morning. It wouldn’t open and I assumed it was broken, actually, it somehow locked itself. This is a used tailgate and I don’t have a key for it. The garage … Read more>

Sounding compassionate and actually helping are often two different things

Posted by Patrick Schurr | April 24, 2016

I saw a story today on a report the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) did on increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 to the Governor’s proposed $10.15. It said that about one million employees would be affected directly, with about half … Read more>

He will be viewed as irrelevant

Posted by Patrick Schurr | April 23, 2016

We learned this week that the Fiscal Code, which was passed a week and a half ago, was not acted upon by the Governor, like the General Appropriations bill. Therefore, after 10 days, it became law automatically. As I mentioned … Read more>

I’ll be at 500,000 miles on the truck before you can shake a stick!

Posted by Patrick Schurr | April 22, 2016

I spent the entire day in Franklin and Fulton counties. This morning I stopped to see all of the latest updates to the Tuscarora Wildlife Education Project on the grounds of James Buchanan High School. Sheila Snider and her team … Read more>

I should have headed that way to start with

Posted by Patrick Schurr | April 21, 2016

The Blair Chamber had Frank Coonelly, President of the Pittsburgh Pirates, as their breakfast speaker this morning. I’ve met Frank on several occasions and looked forward to his remarks. Unfortunately, I had to leave during his speech because of my … Read more>

This is an unusual situation

Posted by Patrick Schurr | April 20, 2016

There was a resolution to the ballot question issue I wrote about recently. A Commonwealth Court Judge today ruled that the question concerning raising the maximum age of judges from 70 to 75 will wait until Fall. After the legislature … Read more>

Continued commitment to help with the important problems they face

Posted by Patrick Schurr | April 19, 2016

I had appointments in the office today and drove to Hershey late this afternoon for the Annual Conference of the PA State Assoc. of Twp. Supervisors. I, as Chairman of the Local Government Commission, was invited to join them for … Read more>