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Expanded Unemployment Benefits

While taxpayers will continue to apply for and receive unemployment benefits from their state, the federal unemployment insurance will add $600 per week to the amount provided from the state through July 31.  There is no repayment or reduction provision in the law if the $600 additional weekly amount makes your unemployment compensation higher than your base earnings from employment.

In addition, part-time, self-employed, and gig economy workers now have access to unemployment benefits.


PA Department of Revenue

Dear Pennsylvania Taxpayer,

Please see the below update from the Secretary of the Commonwealth, Kathy Boockvar, with an important message about the Pennsylvania primary election.
PA Department of State

Dear Fellow Pennsylvanian,

These are unprecedented times, and we hope you and your families are staying safe. We are writing with IMPORTANT news about recent changes to the Pennsylvania primary election related to COVID 19. In order to protect the health and safety of all voters, poll workers, and election officials while also ensuring access to voting, the legislature, Governor Wolf, and the Department of State worked together to pass legislation to reschedule the PA primary election to Tuesday, June 2.

Wednesday, 01 April 2020 12:48

COVID-19 Small Business Resources

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application

Link: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/
Description: In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000.

The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.


Paycheck Protection Program

Link: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/paycheck-protection-program
Description: The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.

Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

Under this program:

  • Eligible recipients may qualify for a loan up to $10 million determined by 8 weeks of prior average payroll plus an additional 25% of that amount.
  • Loan payments will be deferred for six months.
  • If you maintain your workforce, SBA will forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that are used to cover the first 8 weeks of payroll and certain other expenses following loan origination.
Monday, 30 March 2020 12:16

COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates

Developing Story - Check back for updates

I also wanted to share this poem - in case you didn't see it:

An Imagined Letter from Covid-19 to Humans



Update 4/2/20:

Paid Leave, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Unemployment, Workers Comp?


Update 4/1/20

Via Governor Wolf:

Pennsylvania Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information




Update 3/31/20

State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus


Update 3/30/2020



Update 3/30/2020

  • Message to Short Term Rental Property Owners:
    I appeal to you to withhold your property from the rental market for the duration of the State of Emergency and Public Health Emergency due to the COVID - 19 Pandemic. I recognize that this comes as a sacrifice and inconvenience to you. However, such action on your part in withholding your property from the rental market is for the good of all – including you. It will make Barrett a safer place for all of you. I am also requesting that all Realtors comply with this appeal.

  • Message to Seasonal Residents:
    Those seasonal residents of Barrett who maintain permanent residences elsewhere, are asked not to come to Barrett during this pandemic and while the Governor’s EOs remain in effect. We value our seasonal residents and we welcome you to this wonderful community which belongs to all of us and we cherish the time you spend here. However, coming to Barrett at this time poses a public health risk by increasing the spread of this Pandemic. Remember: You can infect others even though you have no symptoms and may not even be aware that you are infected.


Update 3/29/20

Barrett Township Offices are Closed to the public.  Please contact staff via phone or email.  

  • Pam Gardsy 570-856-1671 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Jeryl Rinehart 570-994-6546 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Shawn McGlynn 484-330-9088 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Friday, 27 March 2020 14:19

1918: Influenza hits Monroe County

By Amy Leiser, Executive Director
Monroe County Historical Association

The influenza virus has been in existence for thousands of years. Since humans began domesticating livestock and living alongside them, the flu has been an illness that has plagued our species. Greek philosopher, Hippocrates, first described flu symptoms 2,400 years ago, but it wasn’t until 1933 that the influenza virus was correctly identified in humans by scientists and researchers Christopher Andrews, Patrick Laidrow, and Wilson Smith.

There have been documented epidemics and pandemics of the influenza virus for hundreds of years, but the Influenza Outbreak of 1918 was the worst on record. During the Spring of 1918, mild cases of the flu were reported across the globe, but by autumn of that year, the flu virus had hit pandemic proportions all over the world. The 1918 flu, also known as The Spanish Flu or La Grippe, killed an estimated 50 million people. By comparison,16 million people died during World War I. Individuals who caught this particular strain of the flu deteriorated quickly; some died within 24 hours of contracting the virus.

Looking out for our customers We’re facing this public health challenge together. Here are some of the things we’re doing to look out for our customers during this coronavirus pandemic.

Delivering on our core mission Our homes, health-care facilities and grocery stores need reliable electricity to keep moving during this crisis. Powering our communities remains our number one responsibility.

Rest assured, throughout this crisis and beyond, we’re working every day to maintain a strong, resilient and reliable power grid. You need us to keep your lights on, and we’re here for you. And we’re doing it safely by limiting direct interaction between our employees and customers and respecting social distancing at all times.


Offering assistance to customers in need

If you can’t pay your bill during this crisis, we will not cut off your electric service. We’ve also waived late payment charges for all customers, effective March 16, 2020.

Beyond that, a variety of payment assistance programs are available if you’re struggling to pay your bill during this time.

  • OnTrack offers a lower, fixed monthly bill and debt forgiveness for customers who are income-eligible.
  • Operation HELP is a fund supported by our company, employees and customers. It provides grants to help eligible customers pay their heating bills. We’re happy to say that our PPL Foundation recently donated an extra $500,000 to Operation HELP.
  • LIHEAP is a federal program that provides cash and crisis grants to eligible customers. It’s open through April 10, so there’s still time to apply.
  • Budget billing can smooth out your payments so they’re consistent and predictable throughout the year.
  • We may be able to set you up with a payment arrangement to split up past due balances into installments.

Learn more and apply for assistance  

Registered voters can sign up today at VotesPA.com/ApplyMailBallot

For more voting information in the state of Pennsylvania, visit: VotesPA.com

(The Center Square) – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously agreed Tuesday on a plan delaying the primary election until June 2 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

(See attached PDF) 

I hope everyone is safely hunkered down - in response to the COVID-19 outbreak:


1.  I have activated the message board on BarrettCommunity.com.  Please share the link with local friends & family:


2.  I have created a #Slack workspace, I think it might be a great way to communicate.  Here is the link to join - please share with local friends & family: 


3.  I have also enabled "Live Chat" on the BarrettCommunity.com site (green button in the lower right corner). Please feel free to stop in and say 'Hi' or let me know if you have any issues with items #1 or #2 above.  You can also email me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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