News Live 365: January 7th, 2022

Police in Warren County are investigating a bizarre case discovered on New Year’s Eve. Three bags containing the decomposing remains of animals were discovered near a home on Factory Road, not far from the intersection with Schrambling Road in Columbus Township. Anybody who may have information about this case is asked to call the Corry State Police at (814)663-2043 in reference to case number PA21-1731166.

As of yesterday, the FDA and CDC have approved COVID-19 booster shots with the Pfizer vaccine for children as young as 12 years old who received their second dose at least six months prior. The CDC now recommends COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all adults over 50 and anyone at least 12 years of age with a comorbid medical condition such as diabetes or obesity. Meadville Medical Center’s next COVID-19 vaccine clinic is on Monday, January 17th at the old Meadville City Building located on 984 Water Street in Meadville; it will provide boosters and regular vaccinations with the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine and appointments can be scheduled online at MMCHS.org or by calling (814)336-1800. 

Open enrollment for insurance policies on Pennsylvania’s own exchange, PENNIE, ends at midnight in eight days on Saturday, January 15th. Nearly every applicant for a policy on PENNIE will qualify for subsidies under the CARES Act. Visit PENNIE online at PENNIE.com or call (844)844-8040 to get covered.

A sizeable and dedicated group of professionals and residents of Meadville including Allegheny college professors, city planners, council members, and representatives from ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA and the PA Department of Environmental Protection, have all been working together very hard for nearly a year to develop a comprehensive Climate Action Plan to take Meadville into the future. A working draft of the Meadville CAP that is currently 91 pages long is viewable online and some of its authors plan to have a final draft to present to the Meadville City Council before we reach this summer. David Miller is a member of the team and one of the plan’s authors, “We are quite optimistic about working with the new City Council and getting the CAP supported; we also hope to work with the City on a solar initiative, under the sponsorship of the Crawford County Housing Commission..”.
Other members of the task force working on the Climate Action Plan include Professors Matt Bethurem, Julia Ludewig, and Delia Byrnes of Allegheny College as well as George Ackerman, Robert Concilus, and Michalene Morelli. An entire draft of the plan is 91 pages long and viewable using Google Docs here.