On Sunday, The String Cheese Incident brought their three-night weekend run to a close at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV.The String Cheese Incident opened up their first set with the Keith Moseley-led “Sometimes A River”, off of the band’s 2005 One Step Closer studio release. Moving out of the song’s structured segment, Michael Kang took the lead with a smoking-hot solo on his electric mandolin, with Kyle Hollingsworth adding an extra touch of flavor on the keys. The six-piece moved forward with “Eye Know Why” and their newer SCI Sound Lab release “Manga” before delivering “Barstool”, the Bill Nershi tune that fans have been requesting in recent times. The tender song written for his daughter, Ariana, showcased the band’s impressive ability to hop between electric rock songs and acoustic gems.SCI picked up the pace moving forward with “Falling Through The Cracks”, highlighted by some impressive improvisational work between Hollingsworth and Kang. The highlight of the set came next as the band unleashed a funky new debut, currently known as “Untitled #1”. The band moved forward with another SCI Sound Lab number “Vertigo” before bringing the first set to a close with “Rollover”.The String Cheese Incident – “Jam”[Video: Eric Adrian]Following a brief set break, The String Cheese Incident came back out to open their second set with “Into The Blue”, a new arrangement that was debuted at SCI’s New Year’s Eve show at Broomfield, CO’s 1STBANK Center. Vegas is a destination where people have the luxury to let loose and have fun, and that is exactly what the band did moving forward, as they jumped into a massive segue of “Jellyfish” > “The Big Reveal” > “Get Tight” > “Howard”. The transition out of “Get Tight” and into “Howard” was explosive, as the receptive crowd erupted with applause and noise.“Howard” was followed up by a cover of Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place”, led by Hollingsworth on vocals. Nershi took the reigns next, leading his bandmates into “One Step Closer”, the title-track off of the band’s 2005 release. Paying homage to their roots, The String Cheese Incident closed up their second set with “Colorado Bluebird Sky”, initiating an all-out dance party. The band came back out to deliver a lone encore of Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish”, a funky ending to their 2018 Las Vegas incident.The String Cheese Incident – “I Wish”[Video: WoodshedBlues]Next up for SCI is a three-night run at Lake Tahoe, CA’s Montbleu Resort, set to take place this weekend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.For ticketing information and a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, head to The String Cheese Incident’s website.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | The Cosmopolitan | Las Vegas, NV | 2/17/2019Set One: Sometimes a River, Eye Know Why, Manga, Barstool, Falling Through The Cracks, Untitled #1 ^, Vertigo > RolloverSet Two: Into The Blue, Jellyfish > The Big Reveal > Get Tight > Howard, This Must Be The Place > One Step Closer > Colorado Bluebird Sky Encore: I Wish^ = FTP
If you ask senior Clare Strickland, PEMCo’s executive producer, how she balances majoring in Neuroscience with overseeing the spring show “Guys and Dolls”, she would respond:“That’s a funny joke! We simply don’t sleep.”If you ask sophomore Alison Croucher, the director of the upcoming spring show, “Guys and Dolls,” how she manages to stay motivated between her Film, Television, and Theater course load and 24 hours per week of PEMCo rehearsals, she would respond:“Pure adrenaline and exhaustion at this point is what keeps me going. I don’t even have time to get a coffee.”Being a full-time student and also part of PEMCo, an entirely student-run and self-sustaining musical theatre group, is no small feat.“Balancing is hard. There’s no way you can have 24 hours of practice a week, have the amazing, glorious social life you want, and do well in academics and extracurriculars,” sophomore Roni Mansour, the music director of the spring show, said.Mansour, majoring in Music and English with a minor in Musical Theater, has had to learn to wear many different hats, along with the rest of the PEMCo team of around 50 members, including four producers, 21 cast members, 16 pit members and countless other people who have contributed to the show. Directors, producers and cast members alike, might find themselves running from a physics lab or an art critique to rehearsal. With that in mind, it can be a challenge to put together a show with so many different schedules and the routine distractions and stressors of everyday college life.“You leave everything at the door when you walk in and give everything you have to the production and rehearsal,” Croucher said. “It’s a journey, and it’s a process. As a director, I have to constantly be reading the room.”The size of the cast and crew could potentially cause conflict, but Mansour said the group’s mutual respect ensures that they work productively.“Everything comes down to respect. The cast has respect for us, we have respect for them. You have to check your egos at the door,” Mansour said.While rehearsals and the production process can be taxing, there is a reason that students come back year after year to be part of PEMCo productions — shows are rewarding and fun.“We have a really good balance between having fun and being professional,” Strickland said. “While at times, [the show] can be another source of stress, being at rehearsal is stress relief for me. It’s a really safe place where we can kind of let go and escape any troubles that we are going through.”Croucher echoed Strickland’s sentiments as she credited a love of theater as her motivation.While “Guys and Dolls” has been done time and time again, PEMCo is trying to put their own twist on the production.“This is a classic golden-age show, meaning it’s old. It’s been redone and re-vibed countless times. How are we going to make it our own? How is our version going to be different than what you saw on Broadway five years ago?” Croucher said when asked about how she has adapted the show at the University.Mansour said the most exciting part of the show has been “messing around with the music and making it our own.”“It’s a unique show with our own taste of creativity,” she said.Performances of “Guys and Dolls” will be take place Thursday through Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in Washington Hall. Tickets are now on sale at the LaFortune Box Office. Student tickets are $7 and non-student tickets are $10.Tags: Guys and Dolls, PEMCo, Washington Hall
By Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaWow. It’s been really cold this winter.I’m surprised the creeping gardenias at my house have made it through the cold. Truly frigid weather (12 degrees at my house) is supposed to severely injure them. I knew that when I planted them, but it’s been so long since we’ve had a real winter I just didn’t think we’d see temperatures like that.Years ago — OK, many years ago, back when we had “real” winters and I was a kid at home in north Georgia, and back when it seemed to snow every year, and we saved water in big pots because the water pipes froze all the time, and I slept in an unheated room and no electric blanket — now, that was cold.At night, even with so many blankets and quilts I could hardly turn over in the bed, the only way to stay warm was to sleep rolled up in a ball. I didn’t dare stretch out, because those sheets at the foot of the bed were ice cold.We didn’t worryBack then, we didn’t worry about outdoor plants freezing. We worried about the water freezing and pipes bursting. And we didn’t worry too much about Spot and Butch, our old “sooner” dogs freezing. You do know what a “sooner” is, don’t you? You know –“sooner one breed or another.”Now we worry about our plants freezing.So if you’re worried that cold weather may cause the demise of your plants, here’s what you can do.Bring in your containerized plants. But remember, even an unheated garage can get below freezing. And I can tell you from experience that an unheated bedroom can, too.Add an extra layer of pine straw or mulch over perennials and annuals. Tender shrubs can be covered with cardboard boxes or thick blankets. Cover them all the way to the ground and leave the covering open to the ground so the heat radiating from the soil can rise up under the covering.No plasticDon’t cover the plants with plastic. That will encourage moisture lost from the foliage to condense on the leaves and flowers, causing ice crystals that may damage plant parts and cause more damage.And don’t try to spray the plants with water to form a layer of ice on the foliage. You just can’t apply the volume of water needed to make this type of freeze protection effective.Pansies can be frozen solid and still come back.How can they do that? I called horticulturist Paul Thomas at the university to find out.”When it gets cold,” Paul explained, “most plants die because the ice freezes within the cells and ruptures the cell membranes. This damage either kills the plant outright or allows in disease that quickly finishes off the plant.”Making antifreezePansies and many other perennials, he said, can sense the cold and move water from the cells into the between-cell spaces. They relocate water into the roots, too, where it is less likely to freeze underground.”When the water is removed, the cell contents inside are concentrated,” he said, “and all the sugars from photosynthesis form a simple antifreeze. The pansy may turn a dull, gray green, but it’s perfectly happy.”When things warm up, he said, the plants move water back into the cells and come back strong.I don’t know if “sooner” dogs can be frozen solid, but they always come back.
By Denise HortonUniversity of Georgia researchers helped make blueberries the most valuable fruit crop in the state. Now they are reaching beyond the state lines to help farmers establish blueberry crops in Latin America, Asia and beyond.Scott NeSmith, professor of horticulture at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and head of the UGA blueberry breeding program, is working with farmers and agricultural scientists in Peru, China, Japan and other nations to test UGA-patented blueberry varieties in each country’s distinct growing conditions. “Blueberries are becoming an international crop,” NeSmith says. “In some cases, agricultural companies or even governments have realized this is a crop they can successfully grow in their countries. In other cases, consumers have eaten blueberries imported to their countries and there is high-enough demand for local producers to experiment with growing them.” For more than a decade, NeSmith has worked with Mitsunori Ozeki, owner of Ozeki Blueberry Nursery in Japan, a long-time licensee of UGA-patented blueberry varieties. Ozeki has visited Georgia on several occasions, most recently in February of this year when he visited UGA’s Griffin Campus. During his visit, Ozeki reported that his Japanese growers like the giant berry size of the recent UGA release, “Titan.” He also is seeking to license “Krewer,” UGA’s newest blueberry variety. “In the case of Japan, consumers have become accustomed to seeing references to Japanese-grown Georgia varieties from their small, limited industry,” NeSmith noted. “That exposure opens up opportunities for Georgia producers to export to Japan, since consumers there like our varieties and cannot produce enough of their own.” While NeSmith’s work with Japan dates back many years, more recently he has established relationships with China and Peru.In 2014, a group from Haisheng International in China visited NeSmith’s blueberry breeding program. That visit was followed by NeSmith traveling to Maijiang County in Guizhou Province where he provided a presentation to local farmers and government officials about blueberry breeding and, particularly, UGA varieties. Those exchanges have led to a trial agreement that will begin by the end of 2015 and last for at least five years for Chinese blueberry growers to grow UGA-patented varieties, determine their adaptability to the region and, perhaps, the future licensing of UGA varieties that perform well. In 2014, NeSmith also traveled to Peru for discussions with Carlos Gereda, the head of Inka’s Berries, regarding blueberry propagation. Under a five-year agreement, the company will use UGA breeding material to search for varieties that are adapted to Peru’s unique production area. NeSmith will make regular trips to Peru to offer advice for growing the new crop. These projects are just the tip of the blueberry iceberg, however. NeSmith also has international projects under way in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Portugal, Tasmania, Turkey and Uruguay, not to mention locations throughout the United States. “In most cases, our work has been with private companies,” NeSmith said, “However, it’s important to realize that every time a UGA-patented variety is licensed to a company, we receive funding that supports our research and outreach efforts in Georgia, and it raises the visibility of our state as a world leader in blueberry development.” For more information about the blueberry program at UGA visit blog.caes.uga.edu/blueberry/. For more information about the international work of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences visit www.global.uga.edu. (This article was first published in the CAES Office of Global Programs’ Global Horizons newsletter.)
In an effort to attract more Canadian travelers, Plattsburgh International Airport will use federal subsidies to fly larger planes to Boston, according to a story in the Burlington Free Press. The upgrade presents competition to Burlington International Airport, which currently does not offer direct service to Boston. Colgan Air, Inc plans to fly 34-passenger turboprop planes between Plattsburgh and Boston up to three times daily. Currently, Plattsburgh’s service to Boston is through Cape Air, which covers the route using nine-passenger aircraft. $2.1 million yearly in subsidies provided by the Essential Air Service program will pay for the new service.In addition to Canadian customers, who currently represent about 85 percent of those flying out of Plattsburgh, the airport hopes to attract more Vermonters with the new service. Burlington has not offered direct flights to Boston since the beginning of 2008, when Big Sky Airlines, a subsidiary of Delta, cancelled the route.
US Department of Labor With the Department of Labor (DOL) announcing a “phased implementation” of its fiduciary rule through Jan. 1, what is required between the June 9 effective date and then? CUNA’s compliance staff examined what’s next for the rule in a recent CompBlog post.Starting June 9, the rule’s amended definition of “fiduciary investment advice” will apply, and the Best Interest Contract (BIC) exemption and Principal Transactions Exemption will become available to fiduciary advisers.However, for a transition period extending until Jan. 1, 2018, fewer conditions will apply to financial institutions and advisers that want to rely upon the exemptions.During the transition period, financial institutions and advisers must comply with the “impartial conduct standards,” consumer protection standards that ensure that advisers adhere to fiduciary norms and basic standards of fair dealing. continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The Binghamton DMV office will not open until June 22. Satelittle offices will remained closed until further notice, county officials say. (WBNG) — The Broome County Clerk’s Office is reopening the Department of Motor Vehicles on June 15. The Endicott DMV Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The last transaction will happen at 3:45 p.m. The County Clerk’s Office says it cannot guarantee regular permit exams, CDL permit exams, enhanced driver’s license and REAL ID transactions will be available on opening day due to a lack of reopening guidance from the state government. On July 11, the offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. On June 20, the Endicott DMV will resume its normal hours of 8 a.m to 1 p.m. with the last transaction occurring at 12:45 p.m. On July 6, the Endicott and Binghamton offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for one week. The County Clerk’s office says it is expecting a high volume of traffic at its offices.
Nov 10, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – China said today it would share more avian influenza virus samples, despite reported misuse of some shared previously, and repeated its rejection of a report that a new strain of H5N1 virus has spread through southern China, according to news services.The World Health Organization (WHO) said China is sending 20 H5N1 avian flu virus samples to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Reuters reported today. Henk Bekedam, WHO representative in Beijing, told Reuters the samples are from 2004 and 2005.China’s promise to share more avian flu samples comes on the heels of a WHO apology to China for the misuse of previous samples that the country provided, according to the Chinese news service Xinhua. Jia Youling, China’s chief veterinarian, told reporters today that Bekedam had personally apologized to him for the incidents.Jia said foreign research institutions improperly used Chinese samples in two cases. In one instance, a research paper attributed the Chinese samples to other countries, Xinhua reported. One of the coauthors of the paper, Robert Webster, PhD, of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, also apologized to the Chinese research institution involved, Jia said.In the second case, foreign researchers cited a Chinese sample without giving credit to the Chinese, which violates international protocol, Xinhua reported.Jia rebuffed criticisms that China hasn’t shared its avian flu samples with the international community. He said the country sent five samples to the WHO in June 2005 and sent the CDC another 20 samples this year.CDC officials reported in September that 20 samples expected from China had been delayed because of a disagreement over the mailing protocol but that the problem had been resolved. CDC officials could not be reached today to clarify whether the samples were actually received.It’s unclear if the new batch of Chinese samples will shed new light on claims by US and Hong Kong researchers that a new subtype of H5N1 avian flu virus, the “Fujian-like” strain, has become predominant in southern China over the past year. Researchers writing Oct 30 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) suggested that the strain may be resistant to Chinese poultry vaccines and that it has been found in human H5N1 cases in China.Chinese officials immediately rejected the study, and Jia repeated that denial today. The Reuters report quoted him as saying, “There is no such thing as a new ‘Fujian-like’ virus variant at all.”Earlier, in a Nov 6 China Daily report, some of China’s leading avian influenza experts asserted that the PNAS report lacked scientific proof. Chen Hualan, director of the National Bird Flu Reference Laboratory at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, said genetic analysis showed that the so-called Fujian-like virus “shares high conformity with the H5N1 virus that was isolated in Hunan when bird flu broke out in early 2004.” She added that samples from every domestic avian flu outbreak are sent to her lab for isolation and genetic sequencing.Chen said that in 2005 and 2006 the lab isolated viruses from waterfowl in southern China and reported the results to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). “These viruses all remain steady in gene type, and there is no marked change in their biological characteristics,” she said.Chen also contested the PNAS report’s suggestion that the Fujian-like strain may be resistant to the Chinese poultry vaccine. She said the researchers did not specify the locations and vaccination status of the chickens they tested, and pointed to decreasing numbers of avian flu cases as evidence of the vaccine’s effectiveness. The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture said 95% of domestic poultry were vaccinated between January and October.Shu Yuelong, director of the National Influenza Center at the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, said the PNAS authors’ claim that five people in southern China were infected by the Fujian-like strain was wrong, according to China Daily.”Fifteen out of the 16 variants were isolated from [human] cases in southern China and they belong to the same gene type. There is no proof that five of them were infected by a new mutated virus,” Yuelong said.See also:Sep 11 CIDRAP News article “Way cleared for China to share H5N1 samples”Oct 30 PNAS report on the emergence of a Fujian-like H5N1 influenza virus in Chinahttp://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/0608157103v1Nov 3 CIDRAP News article “Study says new H5N1 strain pervades southern China”
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Governor Wolf Honors 47 State Employees for Excellence in Public Service May 09, 2018 Government That Works, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the recipients of the Governor’s Awards for Excellence and praised all state employees for their dedication to public service. The awards were presented today at a ceremony in Harrisburg.“The employees being recognized have gone above and beyond their job requirements to provide outstanding service and make government more responsive and effective,” said Governor Wolf. “Their accomplishments are truly exemplary. We are fortunate to have such dedicated public servants working for the people of Pennsylvania.”“The Governor’s Awards for Excellence celebrate the best among us as state employees,” said Secretary of Administration Sharon Minnich. “I want to congratulate all of our nominees for their noteworthy contributions.”Twenty-three state agencies submitted a total of 44 nominations prepared by their employees, with five individual and six group nominations selected as winners for this year’s awards.Jared Pierce – Department of Conservation and Natural ResourcesFor bravery, professionalism and dedication in the line of duty at Nockamixon State Park in Bucks County. Jared came to the aid of a lifeguard who was being threatened by a group of visitors. When the crowed proceeded to attack and beat Jared, he refused to draw his weapon or fire in self-defense out of concern for innocent bystanders. His calm handling of this volatile situation is being used to train other rangers.Electronic Sales Suppression Audit Team – Department of RevenueMichael Answine, Kevin Dale, Louis Dondero, William Hartman, Adam Hovne, Kenneth Perry and Charles SnyderFor their efforts to address electronic sales suppression, an illegal practice that involves a person using software to systematically delete or alter sales and tax records. They pioneered new evidence-based methods to detect potential sales suppression that resulted in the recovery of $6 million in sales, corporate, personal and other taxes. The employees have also built relationships with other states and the business community to share information and raise awareness of this issue.Erie County Maintenance Team – PennDOTRandall Busch Jr., Bree McDonald-Stewart, Thomas Mello Jr., Robert Miller Jr., Michele Morningstar, Nathaniel Nunez, Douglas Schofield, James Shaut, Jean Sherred and Jesse WilliamsFor keeping Interstate 90 and other major roads clear during the record-breaking seven-foot snow storm that hit northwestern PA during the 2017 Christmas holiday. The team deployed an innovative response plan that mobilized staff and equipment from surrounding counties while maintaining coverage in those areas. As a result, no major road closures or traffic incidents occurred during this unprecedented weather event. They also provided assistance to the City of Erie to dig out its residents.Major Michael Gourley – Department of CorrectionsFor multiple initiatives focused on cost savings, safety and security and efficiency in community corrections centers. Major Gourley’s accomplishments include reducing overtime costs by $500,000 in 2017, improving training compliance and completion rates among facility staff, clearing a backlog of investigations and implanting a program to reduce repeat offenders. In the face of the opioid epidemic, he introduced Naloxone to community corrections facilities and testing to get users into treatment.Medical Marijuana Team – Department of HealthJohn Collins, Latrisha Bentch, Tabbitha Bosack, Wendy Carson, Lawrence Clark, Susan Jones, Sunny Podolak, Holli Senior and Amanda YeagerFor the creation of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program to enable patients with serious medical conditions to have access to life-improving treatments. The employees were responsible for creating registries, ensuring the competent review of applications for permits and issuing permits to grower/processors and dispensaries. Implementation of the program, which occurred in February 2018, required creation of new regulations, which involved coordination across many areas of the Department of Health.Community HealthChoices Team – Department of Human Services and Department of AgingRichard Bennett, Scott Brady, Virginia Brown, Patricia Clark, Kevin Hancock, Christine Miccio, Randolph Nolen, Jeanne Parisi, Shannon Stiffler and Jill VovakesFor their work to launch Community HealthChoices (CHC), a new program to enable older Pennsylvanians and individuals with physical disabilities to receive care in their homes. Throughout the process, the team worked collaboratively with experts within the commonwealth and stakeholders ensure the program would be responsive to the needs of participants and workable for providers. CHC was implemented in 14 southwest Pennsylvania counties in January 2018 and will continue to be rolled out statewide.Michael Heilman – Department of Environmental ProtectionFor lasting contributions to the quality of the environment and health of residents through his work as an attorney. Michael used his legal background and expertise as a professional engineer to help DEP issue an order to cease underground mining activities causing dangerous methane emissions, and then successfully defended against an appeal by the company. He also collaborated with the federal EPA on new requirements to limit natural gas emission from transmission pipelines and sulfur emissions from coke plants. Michael is also a leader and mentor to other commonwealth attorneys and regularly shares his knowledge with colleagues.Open Data Team – Office of AdministrationJohn Long IV, Jere Matthews and Julie SnyderFor building the state’s open data program to improve public transparency, citizen engagement and government operations. The team launched the OpenDataPA portal and worked with agencies to add over 100 data sets. Last fall, they hosted the Code4PA hackathon, which attracted over 200 participants to compete to develop new apps and services using commonwealth open data. They are currently planning the next hackathon, which will focus on using data to combat the opioid epidemic.Puddintown-Orchard Road Bike Path Team – PennDOTJoseph Baker, Shelley Scott and Scott ShafferFor their creative approach to save a bike path project in Centre County after the discovery of an important archaeological site that would have required extensive study and review before the project could proceed. The team worked to fashion innovative agreements between Juniata College and Penn State to supply, house and support college students to do the work at a far lower cost, allowing for completion of the required archaeological studies and ultimately of the new bicycle path connection.Linda Gagliardo – Department of EducationFor her assistance to veterans and their families to participate in job training and apprenticeship programs using their federal G.I. Bill Benefits. She reduced the time for veterans to receive benefits payments from three to four months to less than six weeks. In 2017 alone, she helped 424 veterans and their dependents receive over $700,000 in financial benefits to which they were entitled. She also provides support to participating training and apprenticeship providers that are emulated by other states.Beth Ann Shuttlesworth – Department of Military and Veterans AffairsFor her dedication to supporting the department’s dual mission to provide quality service to the commonwealth’s veterans and their families and oversee the Pennsylvania National Guard. In 2017, she played a key role in supporting a variety of military training and operations on state, federal and international levels. Beth Ann also provided tremendous depth and breadth of support for programs and services for a state with the fourth largest veteran population in the country, including the operation of six state veterans’ homes.In honor of the contributions of state employees to Pennsylvania and its residents, Governor Wolf proclaimed today, May 9, as ‘State Employee Recognition Day.’ The employees raise over $3 million for charitable organizations each year through the annual State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA).Read the full text of the proclamation below. You can also view the proclamation on Scribd and on the governor’s website.PROCLAMATIONSTATE EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION DAYMay 9, 2018WHEREAS, commonwealth employees are dedicated public servants who perform their jobs with professionalism, compassion, and pride; andWHEREAS, commonwealth employees are responsible for protecting public safety and health, caring for the less fortunate, enforcing laws, safeguarding the environment, building and maintaining roads, promoting economic growth, licensing professionals and businesses, preserving our historical and cultural resources; andWHEREAS, millions of Pennsylvanians benefit from the services provided each day by commonwealth employees; andWHEREAS, commonwealth employees support Government that Works in Pennsylvania by serving as responsible stewards of taxpayer funds and joining in efforts to improve operations and enhance service delivery throughout state agencies; andWHEREAS, many commonwealth employees support the well-being of their communities through acts of volunteerism and charity, including contributing millions of dollars to nearly one thousand worthwhile organizations through the State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA) and donating hundreds of gifts to families and seniors through the Holiday Wish Program; andWHEREAS, the Governor’s Awards for Excellence program recognizes commonwealth employees for exemplary job performance or service that reflects initiative, leadership, innovation and increased efficiency; andWHEREAS, on behalf of all Pennsylvanians, it is with great pride that I recognize the contributions of commonwealth employees as part of national public employee appreciation efforts during the week of May 6-12, 2018.THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim May 9, 2018, as STATE EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION DAY. I encourage all citizens to express gratitude to our state employees for their dedication to public service.State Employee Recognition Day by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd SHARE Email Facebook Twitter