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Posted by Patrick Schurr | July 29, 2014

Staff and I rearranged the file room today at the Hollidaysburg office. The space is adequate, as far as I’m concerned, but we have one large piece of equipment that creates a problem, our all-in-one copier/printer/fax machine. Staff came up … Read more>

A closer look at what’s happening is warranted

Posted by Patrick Schurr | July 28, 2014

This morning I attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new behavioral health center at the VA Hospital in Altoona. With all of the attention the VA health system is getting, it was interesting to hear comments about the Altoona facility … Read more>

Check in with people who work in private industry

Posted by Patrick Schurr | July 27, 2014

I read a few interesting stories today in papers from around the state. One covered the arguments over the pension problem and included comments from the PSEA saying that no legislative action should be taken, that the problem will fix … Read more>

I hope we do better than last night

Posted by Patrick Schurr | July 26, 2014

I worked at home all day today. I can seldom say that, given my schedule. It was nice to be able to get a sizable amount of work finished. I planned to mow tomorrow, but heard the forecast for rain … Read more>

That works!

Posted by Patrick Schurr | July 25, 2014

It was a pretty day, no rain and sunny. I like all of the seasons and I can take the heat, but I prefer it no hotter than it got this afternoon. I only had one appointment today, so I … Read more>

This is an important issue, but not very sexy

Posted by Patrick Schurr | July 24, 2014

I drove to Harrisburg this morning for a presentation on how the Common Level Ratio is developed. This is all part of a review of the STEB policies. I was appointed to represent the Senate on a board for this … Read more>

It’s heartwarming to see someone properly become an American citizen

Posted by Patrick Schurr | July 23, 2014

I caught the second half of the Pirates game last night. It was one of the most engaging baseball games I’ve ever seen, complete with multiple home runs and the ejections of a pitcher and manager. After holding tenuous leads … Read more>

It is fair season, after all

Posted by Patrick Schurr | July 22, 2014

Charlotte’s vehicle took a turn in the shop today, so I took her to work. I got an early six miles in before that and took the opportunity to mow the grass before going to the office since I was … Read more>

What a year it’s been, as far as the weather goes

Posted by Patrick Schurr | July 21, 2014

I had to get brakes on the truck today. The garage told me that the rust is worse than I thought underneath. I’ll have to make some decisions about what I’m going to do soon; she’s due for inspection in … Read more>

The “cancer” affecting our General Assembly

Posted by Patrick Schurr | July 20, 2014

After church I hurried to get to the Blair County Tea Party’s Freedom Fest 2014. I was the first speaker and gave the enthusiastic crowd an update on the Paycheck Protection legislation. This subject was brought up by other speakers … Read more>