Last Friday the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce announced that the it’s board members along with the Applefest Core Committee voted unanimously to cancel this year’s Applefest. The decision to cancel Applefest is believed to be the best course of action for the health and safety of the town’s residents. In lieu of Applefest the chamber has announced it will hold a virtual small town spectacular in its place.
The commissioners of Washington, Butler, Greene and Fayette counties are awaiting a federal judge’s decision on some of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 restrictions. The commissioners of those four western counties filed a joint suit against Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine earlier this year; challenging parts of the restrictions placed across the state during the pandemic in Federal Court.
Saying that he would err on the side transparency, Governor Tom Wolf allowed the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law to pass without his signature. The law requires Pennsylvania to respond to all right to know requests even if the agency the request is made towards physical location is closed. Governor wolf had a lot of criticism for the bill despite the fact it passed unanimously in the General Assembly, including worry about risking the safety of state employees, and claiming it was poorly written.