I am happy to help celebrate the
opening of a new business in Bradford! The Fluffy Baby Boutique offers
cloth diapers, clothing and other products for babies and their mothers.
Owners Michele and Shaun Panek worked with the Clarion University Small
Business Development Center on
their business plan and received funding through the Bradford Office of
Economic and Community Development. Pictured left to right at this
week’s ribbon cutting are me; Michele Panek, holding daughter Ellie;
Shaun Panek, holding daughter Alice; Kara Kennedy, executive director of
the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce; and Miranda Mease, business
consultant at the Clarion University Small Business Development Center.
The shop is located at 17 Kennedy St. and can also be found on Facebook
New Laws to Help Fight Against Heroin, Opioid Abuse
To help save lives by preventing
opioid and heroin-related overdoses and abuse, the House sent to the
governor several bills, which were signed into law earlier this week.
Under the new laws, physicians must
limit prescriptions of opioids to minors to no more than seven days and
meet other requirements before writing a first opioid prescription to a
minor, and hospital emergency departments and urgent care centers may
not prescribe opioids in quantities that last more than seven days and
may not write refills for opioid prescriptions.
Physicians and dispensers must also
receive continuing education in pain management, addiction and
dispensing practices, and must consult the new prescription drug
monitoring database within 24 hours every time they prescribe an opioid
Additionally, medical colleges and
other medical training facilities offering or desiring to offer medical
training must establish a safe opioid prescribing curriculum. Another
new law allows for the safe disposal of opioids and other medications.
Last year more than 3,500 people
died in Pennsylvania as a result of opioid or heroin overdoses. Often,
people who are addicted to opioids and are unable to acquire them resort
to cheaper and more accessible heroin.
House OKs Changes to Beer Sales in PA
In a second step to reform the way
alcohol is sold in Pennsylvania this year, the House and Senate sent to
the governor landmark legislation that allows beer distributors to sell
lesser quantities of beer, such as six-packs and growlers.
The legislation also allows for the
direct shipment of up to 192 ounces of beer (about the same size as a
12-pack) per month from wholesalers and retailers to consumers, such as
those enrolled in Beer of the Month clubs. Mixed drinks will also be
permitted to be consumed at stadiums in the same areas as beer, and
licensees with Sunday sales permits can begin sales at 9 a.m., rather
than 11 a.m.
Veterans service officers will be
available in my Kane and Bradford offices in November to assist veterans
and their family members with issues such as compensation, education,
pension, health care and death benefits. The schedule is as follows:
Monday, Nov. 7, 1-3 p.m. –
Melissa Davis of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be at the Kane
office, 55 Fraley St. No appointments are necessary.
Monday, Nov. 14, 1-3 p.m. –
Melissa Davis of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be at the
Bradford office, 78 Main St. No appointments are necessary.
For information about future veterans outreach dates and locations, click here.
Turn Your Clocks Back This Weekend
Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m.
this Sunday, Nov. 6, so be sure to turn your clocks back on hour before
going to bed on Saturday night.
This is also a good time to check or
change the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms to
ensure your safety and the safety of your family. Smoke detectors and
carbon monoxide alarms should be replaced every 10 years, and located
near bedrooms and on each level of the residence.
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