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Tri-State briefs - 8/5/13

August 05, 2013

Concerts in the Park series continues Saturday in Pa.
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The 2nd Saturday Concerts in the Park series at Fort Chambers Park in downtown Chambersburg will feature Mad Men, a funk/soul/jazz/reggae fusion band from Carlisle, Pa., on Saturday.
 The group draws upon a wide range of influences and many genres to create a unique sound. The band flows from jazz standards through funk dance tunes and hip-hop tracks, blending original music with its own unique renditions of covers.
Live music will be presented during the Concerts in the Park series from 5 to 8 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. The park is between North Main Street and the rail trail. Concerts are free and sponsored by Volvo Construction Equipment.
Next month’s concert, on Sept. 14, will feature the bluegrass/rock sounds of Don’t Look Down.
The concerts are a new event to attract people downtown, and are presented by the Downtown Partnership, which includes business and property owners and others who are invested in the growth and vitality of downtown Chambersburg.

Lifelong Learning program offered at two campuses
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. —Shepherd University’s Lifelong Learning program’s fall semester begins Sept. 5 and offers classes at the university’s new Martinsburg (W.Va.) Center, in addition to the Shepherdstown campus.
Courses at the center include The History of Berkeley County and Homer’s “The Odyssey.”
Also offered is Expressive Drawing, which is being taught at The Arts Centre in Martinsburg.
All Martinsburg classes will be held on Thursdays for six weeks beginning Sept. 12.
“We are excited about expanding the program to offer courses in Martinsburg at Shepherd’s new location,” said Karen Rice, director of continuing education and lifelong learning at Shepherd.
Other course offerings at the Shepherdstown campus include History of the West Virginia Mine Wars, a survey of the events and history that comprise the West Virginia mine wars that features a three-day, two-night tour of West Virginia coal country led by Doug Estepp (tour not included in cost of class); West Virginia Entrepreneurial Success Speaker Series, which will encourage participants to explore their entrepreneurial options and understand available resources; and Intelligence, Congressional Oversight and National Defense, a course that will explore the relationship between intelligence collection and disseminated intelligence products, national defense and congressional oversight.
For more information, go to www.shepherd.edu/lifelonglearning/.

Shuster seeks congressional approval of EPA rules
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., has introduced a bill that requires congressional approval of Environmental Protection Agency rules that would have an impact on domestic energy production.
The congressman, whose district includes Franklin and Fulton counties, accused the EPA of repeatedly circumventing lawmakers and establishing regulations that are putting people out of work in the domestic-energy industry.
“President Obama recently announced that he intends to bypass Congress and create new limitations on new and existing coal-fired plants using the EPA. In recent years, the EPA has overstepped its authority and has been legislating via regulation,” Shuster said in a news release.
He said two coal-fired plants in southwestern Pennsylvania are expected to close due to the cost of complying with the EPA’s regulations.
“These are good, clean plants, and their closures are a major blow to the region,” Shuster said.
The bill, H.R. 2916, would require the EPA to submit final rules to the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for analysis on energy production if it lowers the expected rate of domestic production. That office must complete an analysis within 90 days and submit a report to Congress, in addition to an analysis on jobs impact. No rules would take effect unless Congress enacts a joint resolution approving the rule.

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