State parks in line for more funding

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett is asking lawmakers for more money to fix and upgrade Pennsylvania’s state parks and state forests. Corbett said Saturday that he’s seeking $45 million for the program called “Enhance Penn’s Woods” in his budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Projects include new offices and campgrounds at selected parks, and expanded public access.   Additionally, the governor, who is seeking reelection, says he’ll add of 20,000 acres to the state forest system. The work is being directed by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The money, which comes from premiums and interest on state Growing Greener II bond funds, will push the total funding to…

Lewisburg ice festival ‘frozen perfection’

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  LEWISBURG – The annual Lewisburg Ice Festival, and Chocolate Lover’s Fantasy Festival, were ‘delicious frozen perfection’ according to one of the folks attending the annual downtown events. Hundreds of people walked Market Street viewing the ice sculptures (which remain on display). An estimated 1,000 people attended the Polar Bear Plunge.   The Chocolate Festival Ball at the Lewisburg Hotel featured a silent auction, a live auction, a professionally prepared chocolate display, an amateur chocolate competition and unending chocolate tasting. Andrea Tufo of the Donald Heiter Center said there was also a Cocoa Festival for the little ones for 5 to 13-year-olds. Follow

AP Penna news: Corbett set for GOP endorsement

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Latest Pennsylvania news, sports, business, and entertainment   HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett is poised to receive a re-election endorsement from the Republican State Committee, but that doesn’t necessary mean the party is united behind him. Heading into Saturday’s meeting, Corbett’s support remains weak within the GOP. A new Franklin & Marshall College poll says fewer than half of Pennsylvania’s 3 million Republican voters think he deserves a second term.   Some conservatives resent Corbett’s newly signed $2.3 billion transportation funding program because they say it violates his 2010 campaign pledge not to raise taxes or fees. Business groups and others supporting Corbett’s re-election bid say he’s got plenty of major accomplishments to…