Here we snow again
The calendar may say spring, but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature.
Residents of the commonwealth were warned Sunday to brace for a late-season storm that could bring a foot of snow to some higher elevations in southwestern Pennsylvania through today, The Associated Press was reporting.
Locally, The National Weather Service at Binghamton’s website was indicating Sunday night that our area would be inline for a more modest 1 to 4 inches, with the larger amount in the southern and more highly elevated portions of the county.
Meteorologist Brad Rehak said the storm could bring six to 10 inches of snow to some areas, but the Laurel Highlands in Westmoreland and Fayette counties could see a foot of snow.
The storm should affect most of central, south-central and eastern Pennsylvania with lesser amounts, forecasters said.
“The reason it’s going to be less in eastern Pennsylvania it because it’s going to fall during the day,” Rehak said. “This time of year, the sun’s pretty strong and it heats the ground and limits the accumulation.”
It’s softball season time
Teams interested in registering for the 2013 softball season in the city are asked to call 570-208-4152 for information.
The annual Early Bird Softball Tournament is also accepting registrations.
Crime watch meeting set
The Plains Neighborhood Crime Watch will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Fox Hill Firehouse, 50 Second St.
Refreshments will be served.
Townsend at MU event
The second annual Dr. Midori Yamanouchi Lecture Series at Misericordia University will feature Frances Townsend, the former Homeland Security adviser for President George W. Bush, in a presentation, “Government, Law and National Security,’’ on April 23.
The free event will run 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall. Seating is limited and tickets can be reserved by calling the Misericordia University Cultural Events Box Office at (570) 674-6719. The remaining available tickets can be picked up at the lobby box office up to 10 minutes prior to the show. A question-and-answer session follows immediately after her presentation.
Townsend will also conduct a master class for students enrolled in the school’s Government, Law and National Security Program earlier in the day on campus. The university is also holding a symposium on national security issues for its students. Panelists include Peter J. Smith, U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; Gen. Keith Martin (Ret.), former director of Pennsylvania Homeland Security; John Belcher, district director for U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, and several other panelists.
Townsend was appointed Homeland Security Adviser on May 28, 2004, a position she held until January 2008. She chaired the Homeland Security Council and reported to the president on Homeland Security policy and combating terrorism. She previously served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for combating terrorism from May 2003 to May 2004.
Library sets award dinner
The 2013 Pittston Memorial Library’s Board of Trustees will hold the annual Jean Yates Award Dinner on April 17 at the Mount Carmel Center on William Street. The honoree is Ed Ackerman.
Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m. The cost is $60 per person. For tickets, please call or visit the library at 47 Broad St., 570-654-9565.