SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Weekly Update: Protecting Pennsylvanians’ Healthcare, Managing State Finances, Urging Ban on ‘Bump Stock’ PA has a responsibility to our institutions of higher ed. The legislature must act to fund them — our students are counting on us. pic.twitter.com/IfkmtpdcYs— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) October 12, 2017 The Blog, Weekly Update On Monday, Governor Wolf called on the state legislature to pass legislation that would require employers to cover contraceptives at no-cost. The governor’s call for the mandate follows the announcement that the Trump Administration would be allowing more employers to deny coverage for birth control.On Friday, Governor Wolf and Acting Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman issued a statement on the Trump Administration’s latest effort to destabilize the Affordable Care Act, which would cause health insurance rate increases in 2018.This week, Governor Wolf continued to manage state finances and announced more action to meet commitments to fund schools, health and human services, and other government entities. The governor also traveled to Erie on Wednesday to rally support for a shale tax and urged the legislature to pass funding for state-related universities.“I’m here to make clear that I am managing the budget, but the General Assembly still has work to do: fund our major state universities and pass a commonsense tax on shale,” said Governor Wolf. “The fairest and simplest solution to the current budget challenge is a severance tax on natural gas production.”After the tragedy in Las Vegas, Governor Wolf joined in supporting commonsense bipartisan proposals to ban ‘bump stock’ accessories for military style-weapons.“Bipartisan legislators are rightfully sounding the alarm that these devices should not be legal in Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “Given the bipartisan nature, this should be commonsense for the General Assembly to swiftly pass to protect Pennsylvanians.”Governor Wolf’s Week, October 8 – October 14, 2017Sunday, 10/8/17Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial ServiceMonday, 10/9/17Governor Wolf Calls on Legislature to Make Birth Control Coverage a MandateGovernor Wolf Announces More Action to Manage State Budget and Meet Commitments to Schools, ProvidersTuesday, 10/10/17Governor Wolf Urges Swift Passage of Bipartisan ‘Bump-Stock’ BanGovernor Wolf Announces Relocation of Royal Industries International, Inc. Into Pennsylvania, Creating 80 JobsWednesday, 10/11/17Governor Wolf Signs Legislation Authorizing “Right to Try,” Allows Terminally Ill Patients to Seek Experimental TreatmentsGovernor Wolf Announces $217 Million in GO-TIME Savings in 2016-2017 Fiscal YearGovernor Wolf Urges Support for Shale Tax, State-Related UniversitiesThursday, 10/12/17Governor Wolf Announces Google to Invest in Workforce, Business DevelopmentGovernor Wolf Nominates Acting Secretaries of Health, Human Services, and Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Acting Commissioner of Insurance to Serve PermanentlyFriday, 10/13/17Governor Wolf and Acting Insurance Commissioner Statement: Washington Sabotaging Pennsylvanians’ Health InsuranceGovernor Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force Hears From North Central PennsylvaniaHighlights from The BlogDid you know you can find The Press Office on Twitter?Highlights from TwitterExcited to be with @Google to announce their new initiative that will help more Americans prepare for jobs, find jobs & grow their business. pic.twitter.com/LE3tGkA5R0— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) October 12, 2017 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf October 13, 2017
Sharing is caring! Share Share 45 Views no discussions Share Food & DiningLifestyle Pumpkin Lasagna by: – October 22, 2011 Pumpkin LasagnaMake this twist on the popular Italian classic for a festive autumn meal. With savory ingredients like shiitake mushrooms, pumpkin, fresh sage, and mozzarella cheese, this lasagna is sure to please the entire family. Pair it with some buttery, crunchy garlic bread for a satisfying and delicious dinner.Ingredients:12 dried lasagna noodles8 ounces shiitake or porcini mushrooms, stemmed and sliced8 ounces cremini or button mushrooms, sliced3/4 teaspoon kosher salt or 1/2 tsp. salt2 tablespoons olive oil12 slices bacon, cut crossways into 1/4 inch strips1-1/2 cups chopped onion3 tablespoons snipped fresh sage or 2 tsp. dried leaf sage, crushed2 15-ounces cans pumpkin3/4 cup whole milk or half-and-half1 teaspoon ground black pepper1 teaspoon cider vinegar1 teaspoon kosher salt or 3/4 tsp. salt1 15-ounce carton ricotta cheese1 lb. fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into thin slices6 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano or Grana Padano cheese, finely shredded (1-1/2 cups)Directions:1.Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain; set aside. In skillet cook mushrooms and 3/4 teaspoon salt in hot olive oil over medium heat until tender and no liquid remains. Remove; set aside. Add bacon to skillet; cook until crisp. Remove; set aside. Discard all but 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet. Add onion; cook in drippings until tender. Add sage; cook 30 seconds. Add the pumpkin, milk, pepper, vinegar, and 1 teaspoon salt. Heat through.2.In a greased 3-quart oval baking dish spread 1/2 cup pumpkin sauce. Cover bottom of dish with 4 noodles, trimming to fit. Spread one-third of sauce over noodles. Layer with one-third each of mushrooms, bacon, ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Repeat layers twice. Bake, uncovered, in 400 degree F oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes. Makes 12 servings.Recipe source: Better Homes and Gardens Tweet
Over the weekend, USC football head coach Clay Helton filled two coaching vacancies. He named Bryan Ellis the team’s new quarterbacks coach, while former Trojan receiver Keary Colbert will oversee the tight ends and inside receivers. Ellis replaces Tyson Helton, Clay Helton’s younger brother who left USC in December to become the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for the University of Tennessee.Bryan Ellis will replace Tyson Helton as the Trojans’ quarterback coach. He will have to develop a QB to replace Sam Darnold. Emily Smith | Daily TrojanEllis, 29, enjoyed a successful career as a quarterback at the University of Alabama- Birmingham under the leadership of current USC offensive line coach Neil Callaway. Before joining USC as an offensive quality control assistant in 2017, Ellis was the wide receiver coach and passing game coordinator for Western Kentucky. The new quarterback coach received his first taste of the role at the Cotton Bowl. In that game, redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold threw for 356 yards but struggled to hold onto the football. He threw an interception and fumbled twice in the 7-24 loss to Ohio State. One of Ellis’ first duties will be to help determine Darnold’s successor, following the starting quarterback’s decision to declare for the NFL Draft. Redshirt freshman Matt Fink, freshman Jack Sears and incoming five-star recruit J.T. Daniels are all expected to be contenders for the position. Colbert, like Ellis, also worked as an offensive quality control assistant at USC in 2017 and 2016. His previous coaching experience includes stints as an offensive analyst at Alabama from 2014-15, and as a wide receiver coach for Georgia State in 2013. A starter when as an undergraduate at USC from 2000 to 2003, Colbert enjoyed a tremendous college football career. He ranks seventh in USC school history receiving with 2,964 yards, after recording two consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in 2002 and 2003. Colbert was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He finished his professional career with 1,629 yards and eight touchdowns. “We are very excited to promote Bryan Ellis and Keary Colbert,” Helton said in a press release. “I have been extremely impressed with both individuals over their time here at USC. Their knowledge of the game, ability to develop relationships with our current players and talent to recruit top athletes will be a tremendous asset to our program. These are two young stars in our profession and we are proud that they are part of the Trojan Family.”
When Brendan Shanahan took the podium on Thursday morning alongside general manager Kyle Dubas, the Toronto Maple Leafs president went out of his way to underline the fact that he and Dubas are completely unified when it comes to how they view a team should be built.“I want to make it really clear that we’re aligned and that this is how I see a team should be built as well,” Shanahan said. Really, what else was he to say at this point?The way in which the Maple Leafs have been assembled — prioritizing speed and skill above all else — is as much Shanahan’s vision as it is Dubas. Shanahan has ultimately placed his bet for the future of Toronto on a coach assuming the job with no NHL experience and a general manager, who assumed the job with no NHL experience over a Stanley Cup-winning future Hall of Fame coach in Mike Babcock (who recently became only the eighth coach to reach the 700 win plateau) and Stanley Cup-winning, Hockey Hall of Fame member, Lou Lamoriello as GM.MORE: Babcock statement | Who is Sheldon Keefe? This is not to say it won’t work, but it’s an aggressive bet.What we are watching now, and have been watching since Dubas took over as general manager from Lamoriello in May of 2018 is one grand science experiment playing out in real-time. The Maple Leafs are built on the theory, albeit an untested one, that they are designed to compete in a style that the game is trending to.Will it work more effectively now that Keefe, a coach who has had a long relationship with Dubas dating back to their days running the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, is at the helm in place of Babcock? We don’t know yet, but we will soon start to find out.Kyle Dubas meets with media in Arizona to address the firing of head coach Mike Babcock https://t.co/DlcaPrz4xc— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) November 21, 2019So far, the returns have not been pretty.Shanahan also addressed the constant clamouring for an injection of toughness and grit to the roster.“I think sometimes people want to simplistically put us in one box as ‘speed and skill’ and ‘toughness and grit’ in an entirely different box. We want to also be tough and gritty,” Shanahan said. “Our interpretation of toughness and grittiness might be different than someone who played in the ’70s and ’80s or coached then.”The confusing part is that nobody is asking for a roster built like the Broad Street Bullies of the 1970s. He more clearly defined how he and Dubas view “toughness and grit.”“How we define that to our players is winning battles and being mentally tough, making a mistake and not become weak or small because of it,” Shanahan said. “We’re aligned on how we want to build this team.”MORE: Twitter reacts to Babcock firing | What’s next for Babcock?But that is the very type of “toughness and grit” the team, as currently constructed, has shown an inability or unwillingness to execute. Can Keefe glean this out of the current roster better than Babcock could or is the personnel just not capable, or willing, to play that way? Again, we’ll soon find out.Keefe has 59 games to turn around an underperforming roster and get them into the Stanley Cup playoffs. Missing the postseason would be an unmitigated disaster for a team that entered the season with Cup aspirations. There will be no feeling-out process for the new coach; it’s all heavy pressure for Keefe. Babcock took a lot of heat and a lot of criticism. With him gone, further underperformance will lead to heat on Dubas and Shanahan himself, though the president does not see it that way.Tavares on Keefe’s message, or part of it: “He talked a lot about just playing free and feeling good about ourselves and our game. For tonight, understand a couple of areas we want to make changes in, and at the same time, just go out there and play and compete.” #Leafs— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) November 21, 2019“I don’t see this decision by Kyle and the team as a situation where traditionalists might say, ‘well you’ve spent your bullet.’ That’s not how I view it and I can tell you that’s not how our ownership views it,” Shanahan said. “We’re in this together; we’re making moves and evolving as we see we have to do. You don’t set out with an idea, our plan and not evolve or make shifts throughout that plan.”Talk to us a year from now if this season goes down the tubes and next season has a similarly poor start. It would be shocking if the Maple Leafs ownership group, at that point, is extending the same level of leniency as Shanahan is suggesting they do today.Dubas committed to John Tavares, Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner and William Nylander, tying up essentially half the salary cap in four forwards. It has left the Maple Leafs with their hands tied in a number of areas: addressing issues on defense, finding an adequate backup goaltender and filling out the bottom of their roster — all areas where proficiency is vital if a team is going to contend for a Stanley Cup.Was Babcock’s firing the right decision? Time will tell. Was he free from blame? No.But should he shoulder all the blame? Far from it.With Keefe in place, the Maple Leafs will now ultimately be judged on the bet Dubas and Shanahan have placed. The clock is now ticking.