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What it means here: WASD board meets tonight; more Paycheck Protection Program details; and more

School board to meet tonight

The Williamsport Area School District Board will meet at 6 tonight, Tuesday, May 19. The meeting will be a live feed webinar. The link to the meeting will be on the district website, www.wasd.org, prior to the meeting.

The 2020-21 proposed budget is on the agenda for the meeting.

More Paycheck Protection Program details announced

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application on Monday, according to a news release.

The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. SBA will also soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications, and to provide lenders with guidance on their responsibilities.

The form and instructions include several measures to reduce compliance burdens and simplify the process for borrowers, including:

• Options for borrowers to calculate payroll costs using an “alternative payroll covered period” that aligns with borrowers’ regular payroll cycles

• Flexibility to include eligible payroll and non-payroll expenses paid or incurred during the eight-week period after receiving their PPP loan

• Step-by-step instructions on how to perform the calculations required by the CARES Act to confirm eligibility for loan forgiveness

• Borrower-friendly implementation of statutory exemptions from loan forgiveness reduction based on rehiring by June 30

• Addition of a new exemption from the loan forgiveness reduction for borrowers who have made a good-faith, written offer to rehire workers that was declined

The program was created to provide forgivable loans to eligible small businesses to keep American workers on the payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic, the news release said. The documents released Monday will help small businesses seek forgiveness at the conclusion of the eight-week covered period, which begins with the disbursement of their loans.

Museum offers virtual family game night

The Lewisburg Children’s Museum, in partnership with the Bull Run Tap House, will host a Family Game Night: Dinner and Trivia at 7 p.m., May 28.

According to a news release, participants are encouraged to order dinner from Bull Run Tap House and say the password “Lewisburg Children’s Museum” to get 15% of the bill donated to the Museum. Dinner from Bull Run Tap House is available by pick up, curbside, or delivery. After grabbing dinner, participants are encouraged to head home for a virtual Family Game Night, during which the museum will provide family-friendly trivia questions.

“We are excited to explore virtual events,” says Lindsey Walter, musuem education director, according to the news release. “Stay-at-home orders are slowly being lifted, but places to go are still limited for safety reasons. We hope this event will give families something to do together, while keeping them safe.”

Teams are made up of a maximum of 8 participants (maximum of 2 adults per team). First place prize is an annual membership for the museum with additional gift card prizes for second and third place winners. There is an entry fee and registration is required. Proceeds from Bull Run Tap House and Family Game Night support the mission of the Lewisburg Children’s Museum.

“Our LCM Staff and Board of Directors are creatively evaluating what it means for us to fulfill our mission during this difficult and unprecedented time” said Kahla DeSmit, the museum’s executive director, according to the news release. “Using feedback from members, guests, and other community stakeholders, we are working hard to offer educational resources that keep children engaged and support parents’ concerns for their children’s development during this period of interrupted normalcy.”

At this time, the musuem remains closed following state and federal directives regarding COVID-19 and will continue to reassess and update the community as information becomes available. The museum is a non-profit organization that relies on income from admissions, memberships, field trips, and events to support its mission. Individuals can support the museum by purchasing gift certificates to use towards a future visit, becoming a member, or making a donation.

To participate in Family Game Night, participants will be using the Kahoot and Zoom platforms, the news release said. The museum recommends using both a computer and smartphone device to participate in this virtual event. Participants will use Zoom to view the trivia questions and a smartphone device to submit answers. Sharing your video is fun, but not required.

For more information about the museum and to register for this event, visit www.lewisburgchildrensmuseum.org. Questions can be sent to the museum by email at lewisburgchildrensmuseum@gmail.com.

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