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Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Tuesday that InFirst Bank has agreed to join the PA CARE Package, a state consumer relief initiative.

It is a further extension of the bid by Shapiro’s office to ensure that Pennsylvania consumers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible for additional economic relief.

“I thank InFirst Bank for joining this effort to help consumers,” Shapiro said. “This commitment will help communities and businesses in western and central Pennsylvania who are facing lost wages, lost jobs and lost income focus on what’s important — staying safe and healthy during this emergency.”

To commit to the initiative, financial institutions and banks must offer additional assistance to Pennsylvanians facing financial hardship due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“InFirst Bank has been proudly serving our communities since 1922,” said InFirst Bank President and CEO Tim Kronenwetter. “We are pleased to join the efforts of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office in assisting our customers during this time of challenge and hardship. The PA Care Package initiative isn’t just necessary, it’s the right thing to do.”

InFirst Bank is the second area bank to sign on, after First Commonwealth, which was the first bank to commit to Shapiro’s initiative, under which banks and financial institutions are working with the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.

More information is available at www.InFirstBank.com, or on the coronavirus webpage at www.attorneygeneral. gov.

AIRPORT FUNDS

Indiana County Jimmy Stewart Airport in White Township is one of 63 Pennsylvania airports receiving a share of $239 million in new funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Scranton, said the county airport is getting $30,000 from DOT’s Federal Aviation Administration, as part of a $10 billion package for airports across the country, to help those airfields continue operations and pay employees.

“I am pleased that the FAA plans to implement a streamlined grant process to expedite this funding for critical airport needs,” Casey said. “I will continue to work to ensure that our workers and our airports receive the resources they need to manage through this pandemic.”

Much of the money is going to the state’s largest airports, with Philadelphia International alone getting $116 million; Pittsburgh International getting $36 million; Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International getting $20 million; and seven other airports getting $1 million or more.

In nearby areas, John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport is getting $5 million; Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity Township is getting $2.4 million; and Ebensburg and Punxsutawney Municipal airports each are getting $20,000.

GOP FOOD DRIVE

A food drive to support the Indiana County Community Action Program food bank network is planned Monday afternoon in downtown Indiana.

Representatives of the Indiana County Republican Committee will accept groceries and cash contributions in drive-up and drop-off fashion from noon to 3 p.m. at the party’s campaign headquarters at 35 N. Eighth St., across from the Indiana County Court House.

Volunteers wearing safety gear will collect offerings of non-perishable goods including canned and boxed foods, paper goods and personal hygiene products from donors. Checks should be written to ICCAP and earmarked for the food bank.

More information is online at the Indiana County Republicans page on Facebook.

DRIVE-THRU SUBS

After canceling sales through this month due to the current situation with COVID-19, Black Lick Volunteer Fire Company has decided to restart its sub sale beginning May 2, as a drive-thru matter.

In a post on its Facebook page, the Black Lick company said it will make 400 subs but not sell them at Walmart in Resort Plaza or the post office along Main Street in the Burrell Township village.

“We will be doing a drive-thru only pick up in the back parking lot,” the volunteer firefighters posted. “Please enter from Main Street. You then will be (driving through) the parking lot and tell the members how many you want and with or without onions.”

LUNCHEON CANCELED

Due to the public health concerns and coronavirus guidelines, the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 2124 leaders have canceled the April 22 and May 27 luncheon/meetings at Hoss’s Steak and Sea Family Restaurant. The leaders want members to stay safe and hope to reconvene meetings in September.