How have Penn State students adjusted to the start of in-person classes for spring 2021? | University Park Campus News

As the first week of in-person classes comes to a close, many Penn State students continue to figure out a routine that will last them through the spring semester.

Some students, like Sam Biederwolf, said the atmosphere started to feel “more normal” than during the remote period since students arrived on campus this week.

“It felt so empty until now,” Biederwolf (sophomore-biomedical engineering) said. “I feel like I’m finally back

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Ohio State cancels in-person classes Tuesday for snowstorm, campus remains open

Ohio State canceled in-person classes for Wednesday ahead of a snowstorm. Online and virtual classes will occur as scheduled. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor

Students will not have to make the treacherous journey to Ohio State’s campus Tuesday as snow and ice continue to blanket Central Ohio.

Online and virtual classes will continue as planned and the Columbus campus will remain open, the university announced in a buckeye alert

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Michigan State Park campgrounds expecting record year, campers should reserve sites early

Reservations for campsites in the Michigan State Parks can be made six-months before the planned arrival date.

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — Camping sites in the Michigan State Park system can be reserved six-months in advance of a planned arrival date. That means many of the most popular state park campgrounds are already filling up for holidays like Memorial Day and Fourth of July.

For that reason DNR Chief of the

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Washington State Parks Commission will meet on Navy training


Students from a Navy SEAL class carry an inflatable boat toward the surf during a training exercise in San Diego in 2010. The Navy is proposing expanding such training in Western Washington, including to sites in Pierce County.


The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold another special meeting about the U.S. Navy’s request to use some of the state’s parks for special operations training.


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Stakeholders excited after DEP unveils ecological restoration plans for Liberty State Park interior

Stakeholders are excited about the state Department of Environmental Protection’s plan for the ecological restoration of the Liberty State Park interior.

During a virtual public meeting Thursday, the DEP unveiled a proposal to restore the vegetation and bring back multiple species native to the tidal wetlands, non-tidal wetlands, and uplands that are being added to the 234-acre interior.

DEP Deputy Commissioner Olivia Glenn said she wants “more than anything for

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Navy gets approval for SEALS training in some state parks

Training for Navy SEALs in state parks was approved by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission in a 4-3 vote last week.

The approval amended the Navy’s proposal, reducing available parks for training from 28 to 16. Four of the parks among consideration for use are on the Twin Harbors.

During the meeting, staff introduced an amendment to their recommendations that added more stringent criteria for consideration, and the

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Vaccinating smokers put too many people on line with seniors; Active rec in Liberty State Park mustn’t harm restoration; Topsy-turvy world in Jersey City politics | Letters

State must rethink vax plan

I have read with great interest the opinion piece in The Jersey Journal (“Vaccine rollout a massive failure for seniors”; Jan. 29) and agree with everything written in the article. It was spot on, as were the letters by senior citizens relating the problems in securing an appointment for the vaccine, as I speak from experience. 

At the beginning, it was understood the seniors would

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Navy given OK to train in some Washington state parks

SEATTLE – A state commission has approved the Navy’s use of up to 17 Washington state parks for after-dark stealth training of SEAL teams.

The 4-3 vote approves the training over the next five years.

The Navy had sought to use up to 28 state parks for up to 48 hours at a stretch to enable special operation SEAL teams to make shoreline landings, then conduct surveillance of other military

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Washington state parks commission approves scaled-back proposal for Navy SEALs training

A state commission has approved the Navy’s use of up to 17 Washington state parks for after-dark stealth training of SEAL teams.

The 4-3 vote approves the training over the next five years.

The Navy had sought to use up to 28 state parks for up to 48 hours at a stretch to enable special operation SEAL teams to make shoreline landings, then conduct surveillance of other military personnel dressed

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Stealth Navy SEAL training in 28 Washington state parks? Vote on expanded access is coming this week

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission this week is expected to decide the fate of a Navy proposal to use up to 28 state coastal parks to help train special operations SEALs on how to be undetectable.

The Navy held a five-year permit to use five state parks that expired in 2020, and the state commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to approve a five-year permit for

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North Shore Businesses Toast End Of State Curfew: Patch Weekender

PEABODY, MA — Gov. Charlie Baker delivered a bit of a pleasant surprise to many affected businesses on Thursday when he announced the statewide 9:30 p.m. business curfew and stay-at-home advisory will end as of 5 a.m. Monday morning.

While the 25 percent capacity restriction remains in place, North Shore restaurant owners and recreation venue managers said it is a welcomed move that will help boost both revenue and spirits

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State offers glimpse at potential active recreation amenities in Liberty State Park

As many as 50 acres of Liberty State Park’s contaminated interior could be transformed into soccer fields and other active recreation amenities in the coming years, the state Department of Environmental Protection announced Thursday.

DEP Deputy Commissioner Olivia Glenn hosted a virtual public meeting Thursday night and provided park advocates and local residents with several potential scenarios that could bring active recreation to the waterfront state park that has long

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State latest to target BLM’s Uncompahgre plan, alleging improper procedures, illegal appointment of acting agency director | Local News Stories

William Perry Pendley was serving illegally as the Bureau of Land Management’s acting director when the agency’s updated resource management plan for the Montrose area was approved, thus, the plan should be voided, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office contends in a lawsuit.

The suit, filed Friday, also alleges the plan’s approval was at odds with state programs and policies designed to protect big game and sage-grouse and largely ignored the

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Kansas City mayor extends state of emergency until May 1 | Coronavirus

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) — Mayor Quinton Lucas announced Wednesday an extension to Kansas City’s state of emergency and updated safety guidelines with the help of Emergency Medical Services Medical Director Erica Carney.

Kansas City’s state of emergency has been

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Maine State Parks shatter visitor records for 2020

Despite a pandemic, limitations, and a shorter season, park attendance topped 3 million visitors in 2020.

MAINE, USA — Even with delayed openings and capacity and out-of-state travel limitations due to Covid-19, more than 3 million people visited Maine’s state parks last year.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) says 2020 broke all records for recreation visits. 

In all, 3,067,112 people visited Maine State Parks in 2020. 

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State officials unveil plan to remediate Liberty State Park’s 234-acre interior

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection unveiled its plans to remediate the contaminated interior of Liberty State Park, 234 acres of parkland that has been long fenced off from the public.

David Haymes, director of the DEP’s Division of Enforcement, Technical and Financial Support, said during a public meeting Thursday that the state plans to cap the entire interior of the park with at least 1 foot of clean

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Liberty State Park public meetings, web design classes, astronomy shows | Upcoming

Public meetings for Liberty State Park go virtual

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has scheduled two public meetings to provide time for in-depth discussion and feedback on the remediation of the interior section of Liberty State Park and the options for active recreation development.

The virtual meeting for Remediation of the Interior of Liberty State Park will take place on Thursday, Jan. 7, at 6 p.m. Register

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How a Delta nonprofit and local community colleges are teaming up to provide free job training | State Government

MARKS • Dennis Washington, an 11-year custodian and bus driver for the Tunica County School District, has long aspired to become an electrician as a way to make additional income. For a few months now, the 50-year-old Tunica native has searched for online certification classes. 

Not long into his search, his wife learned of an opportunity: a six-to eight-week residential electrical wiring class in Marks. It was free, so he

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Gateway parks builds tubing hill bigger than ever at Eagle Island State Park

EAGLE, Idaho — The tubing hill at Eagle Island State Park is bigger and better than ever as Gateway Parks took advantage of an early cold spell to make a mountain out of snow.

“We were able to open on Thanksgiving Day,” said Ryan Neptune of Gateway Parks. “We have made more snow than we made the last two seasons combined this year.”

The tubing hill gives families easy access

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15 years later, what did Iowa’s ‘Great Places’ do for Sioux City? | State and regional

Great Places anniversary

Nathan Kalaher, a committee member of Sioux City’s successful bid in 2005 to be awarded an Great Places designation in Iowa, stands Wednesday along the Missouri River riverfront in Sioux City, Iowa. Improvements to the riverfront was one the projects listed in the city’s Great Places application.

SIOUX CITY — Fifteen years ago, Sioux City reeled in an honor that boosted its profile statewide, with

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