ENFORCEMENT, DAY ONE
Pennsylvania State Police reported the issuance of 27 warnings, but no citations, on Monday, the first day of enforcing Gov. Tom Wolf’s order closing what he has termed non-life-sustaining businesses.
That includes four warnings in the area served by Troop A, which covers Indiana/White Township, Greensburg, Ebensburg, Somerset and Avonmore/Kiski Valley.
No warnings were issued in the area served by Troop C, based in Punxsutawney and covering among other areas the northern tier of Indiana County. Troop C also includes stations at Clarion, Clearfield, Ridgway, Marienville, Dubois and Lewis Run in McKean County.
One warning was reported in the area served by Troop D, based in Butler. It also includes state police stations in Kittanning, Beaver, New Castle and Mercer.
The volume of warnings in Troop A tied with Troop E-Erie and Troop H-Harrisburg for the most issued by state police in any of 16 regions across the commonwealth.
For the health and safety of its staff and the public, nonprofit group Solar United Neighbors has converted its public events to free online webinars, including one tonight at 7:30 p.m. where information will be shared about rooftop solar and the Indiana County Solar Co-op.
Participants will learn about solar energy, including how the technology works, what the benefits are to homeowners and business owners, and what to consider when deciding if rooftop solar is right for them.
They’ll also learn how the Indiana County Solar Co-op works.
The solar co-op is free to join and open to all homeowners and business owners in Indiana County. Co-op members will leverage bulk purchasing to ensure competitive pricing and quality solar installations. Attending the webinar and joining the co-op do not obligate members to purchase solar.
Solar United Neighbors has hosted nine solar co-ops in Pennsylvania since 2018.
This is its second in Indiana County. The original solar co-op partner organizations — Evergreen Conservancy, the League of Women Voters of Indiana County, Indiana Borough, and the Indiana County Sustainable Economic Development Task Force — have returned to partner this year. Additionally, the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce has signed on.
Those interested can sign up for the webinar at https://zoom.us/.
Details about the Indiana County Solar Co-op are found at https://coops.solarunitedneighbors.org.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania officials said Tuesday that the school’s donation of supplies to Indiana Regional Medical Center began with a suggestion from Dr. Sylvia S. Gaiko, dean of IUP’s College of Health & Human Services, to Lou Pesci, director of IUP’s Institute for Rural Health and Safety.
He said she asked for “whatever we could donate, whatever we could help” to IRMC.
“That’s what we are doing,” Pesci said, as he looked through supplies in his classrooms and found, among other things, several boxes of gloves to donate to the White Township hospital.
The institute holds courses and trains front line responders.
University officials noted that Indiana County currently has no cases of coronavirus or COVID-19. IUP students started taking courses online this week.