Today’s news – Saturday, December 3, 2016

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.

Today’s quote … “Weasels may look cute and cuddly;  you don’t want to get too close to these little beasts. They might have cute little faces, but weasels are also bloodthirsty.” – Weasel facts [NOTE: Weasel-like actions seem to happen frequently in government.]

  • Ben Gorman, founder of Columbia-based enterprise, obituary – Lancaster Online
  • “Grace United Church of Christ invites you to Faith Over Fear, a post-election panel to help us understand what the electoral results might mean for Lancaster. Joining us at Grace on December 9th at 6:00pm will be Mayor Gray, other civil representatives, and local representatives from support organizations such as Church World Service, the NAACP, the YMCA as well as a legal perspective of rights for the LGBTQIA community.”


  • Curiously, the state’s code appears to exempt “professional services” agreements from the competitive bidding process. Why, you may ask, would the legislators write a code that allows for the issuance of non-competitive issuance of contracts or agreements? Mull on that for a while!
  • According this article, “Competitive Bidding of Municipal Contracts in Pennsylvania and the Litigation It Generates: Who Is the Lowest Responsible Bidder?”, “‘Bidding requirements ’are for the purpose of inviting competition, to guard against favoritism, improvidence, extravagance, fraud and corruption in the awarding of municipal contracts, and to secure the best work or supplies at the lowest price practicable, and are enacted for the benefit of property holders and taxpayers, and not for the benefit or enrichment of bidders, and should be so construed and administered as to accomplish such purpose fairly and  reasonably with sole reference to the public interest.”


  • Pennsylvania’s Deadline for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is Dec. 31 Senior citizens are reminded that the deadline to apply for the Pennsylvania’s 2015 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is Dec. 31. The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older.

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