The coronavirus on Smart Talk Friday: DCNR defines policy, Lancaster Cares fund, athletes pay it forward and communities taking action

Spring is in the air in Central Pennsylvania and parks and trails are a welcome respite for families feeling cooped up in their homes.

And if people didn’t need another temptation to leave the house, Trout season opened a week early to the surprise and delight of area anglers.

With Governor Wolf’s stay-at-home order, are Pennsylvanians even allowed to get out of the house for outdoor recreation?

Appearing on Smart Talk to offer clarity to the guidance is John Norbeck, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Deputy Secretary for Parks and Forestry.

Jobless claims in the Keystone State set records last week with nearly 6% of the labor force filing for unemployment benefits. With so many out of work, or furloughed, the Lancaster County Community Foundation and United Way of Lancaster County established a fund to provide support for families.

Sam Bressi, President and CEO of the Lancaster County community Foundation, will join Smart Talk on Friday to detail how the Lancaster Cares Fund can help.

With collegiate and professional sports on hold, some athletes are finding ways to contribute to people in need.

Scott Shirley is the co-founder and CEO of Athletes Relief , a fundraising initiative featuring donated sports memorabilia. He’ll appear on Smart Talk to talk about the plan and who it will support.

Finally, communities are finding ways to collaborate while apart during the coronavirus crisis. Members of one central Pennsylvania town, who formed a Community Action Network before the crisis, are using their network to form a community response to the pandemic.

Appearing on Smart Talk to share the group’s model are Dickinson College President Margee Ensign, Ph.D., and Michelle Crowley, president of the Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce.


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