News for 7/05/13

Fire

 At least 2 people were rescued from an outside balcony when Fire tore through an apartment building on Waupelani Drive just after 8 o’clock last night. Alpha Fire Company Chief Jeff Martin told the Centre Daily Times that the 3 alarm blaze destroyed the 19 unit Waupelani Heights apartment building.

 Firefighter confirmed that all units were occupied and several residents were home when the fire started. No injuries were reported as of late Thursday night, but not all residents were accounted for.

 Red Cross officials told the CDT that 40 people were left homeless after the blaze and the relief organization was working to find places for the residents to stay.It’s not yet clear what started the fire

4th Fest

Thousands celebrated America’s birthday with 4th fest in Happy Valley yesterday. The events, which featured over 600 volunteers, got underway at 9am with the annual 5k firecracker race which welcomed a record 1189 participants. The day also featured the 2nd annual Parade of Heroes which honored 14 local individuals including Sgt. Adam Hartswick, who lost both legs while serving as a combat medic when he was injured by an explosive device in Afghanistan, and Sgt Vincent Reynolds, who also lost a leg to an improvised explosive devise in Afghanistan.

The main attraction of Central PA 4th fest was the 3rd largest fireworks display in the country with a show that featured over 10,500 shells and a grand finale that launched 45 shells per second. Two twelve inch shells were launched immediately following the show as a tribute to 2 members of the 4th fest family who passed away this year.    

Mobile App

A new mobile app is now available to help Patton Township Residents connect with local officials.The app called seeclickfix is available for iPhone and Android users and will allow residents to keep up with local information.To download or learn more about the app visit see click fix dot com slash apps.   

Penn State Funding

Penn State’s funding from the state could be delayed as a result of a change made by the Senate on Wednesday to a budget related bill.

According to Pennlive.com the $230 million that Penn State is set to receive as well as the $317 million Temple, Pitt and Lincoln are set to receive could be pushed back due to the Senate stripping out a controversial House-inserted provision to the bill. The change will require the Senate to send the bill back to the House for concurrence, but the House is currently on recess for the summer.A spokesman for Penn State expressed optimism that the situation will be resolved shortly.

Trustees Meeting

Penn State’s Board of Trustees will hold their bi-monthly meeting next Friday at Penn State Fayette. Penn State Public Broadcasting will stream the meeting which begins at 1:30. The meeting is open to the public.

Beaver Stadium Tour

Anyone who ever wanted to take a tour of Beaver Stadium will get their chance next weekend. The Penn State All Sports Museum will be hosting tours of the stadium next Friday Saturday and Sunday.

The tours will take place at 10am, noon and 2pm and Friday and Saturday and at 9 and 11 am on Sunday. Tours will run between 70 and 90 minutes and give fans a chance to visit parts of the stadium including the home locker room.Tickets can be ordered at 1-800 Nittany. Walkups are available if space is welcome.The Museum will also offer a Penn State Blue Bus Tour on July 20.