Category Archives: Pennsylvania

Open Records Guide by State

There is an informative guide online called Open Government Guide, which lists records for every state.

Not only will it tell you what records are available to the public but also it references the applicable legal passage.


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Worth noting:

I haven’t been very faithful lately, but I’ve been thinking of you!

Here are a few sources to consider:

Getting only faces on Google image search.  This is cool.  Do a search in Google Images.  Then add &imgtype=face  to the resulting url.  The example given was searching in Images for Lightening.  You’ll get a huge result.  Add &imgtype=face to the result url, and it narrows the search results to faces within the lightening search.  You’ll get animal faces, human faces, Ben Franklin, music groups … you name it, but faces. 

Omgili…What People are Saying.  This is a new, effective search engine of online discussions on over 100,000 message boards and forums.  To get an idea of what subjects are popular, click on the Buzzz link at the top of the search page, which takes you to another page that lists popular topics, updated once an hour.

The Pennsylvania Manual on-line.  One of our reporters says that this downloads quickly.  You’ll need an Adobe reader for it, but they kindly make a download of that available on the site.  This is still the 2005 version, Volume 117, but that’s the latest edition that’s been published.  Pennsylvania is very slow in updating this valuable guide.

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Find Your Legislators

I spotted this one on State Database of the Day:

Find Your Legislators – search for representatives and senators by zip code or county. Entries contain contact information and a brief bio. Here is a sample record:

Matthew E. Baker (Republican)

Bradford County (Part)

Tioga County



Personal History:

Married to Brenda K.


Cowanesque Valley High School, 1974

Mansfield University

Corning Community College, (A.A.S.), 1979

Elmira College, B.S., (Honors Scholar), 1988

Member of the House 1993 to date

Standing Committee Assignments:

State Government, Chairman
Contact Information:
E-Mail: Click here to contact Member

Home Page:

Hon. Matthew E. Baker

74 Main Street

Wellsboro, PA 16901

(570) 724-1390


Fax: (570) 724-2168

Hon. Matthew E. Baker

115 Ryan Office Building

PO Box 202068

Harrisburg, PA 17120-2068

(717) 772-5371


Fax: (717) 787-3412

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State Agency Databases

This State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States was a Resource of the Week on Resourceshelf back in early August. This is a wiki project to bring all the databases of state government agencies together in one search.

Here’s the link for the Pennsylvania agency databases. As always with wikis, check the source before using, but this could be very useful.

Here’s what Shirl Kennedy at ResourceShelf wrote about this tool:

Resource of the Week: State Agency Databases
By Shirl Kennedy, Senior Editor

We are thrilled that more and more government agencies are putting all
sorts of information online. We love one-stop shopping sites. And we
are huge fans of collaborative efforts by information professionals.
So we're pleased to introduce you to State Agency Databases Across the
Fifty States, a wiki-based project by the ALA Government Documents
Roundtable (GODORT).

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Stress of War from Poynter and Brett Lieberman

Al’s Morning Meeting for 5/14 had a good bit to say about the effects of war on the soldiers, their families and the folks back home.

He links us to an investigative piece from WTVF in Nashville about the recruitment by the military of many soldiers with troubled pasts.

Then he points us to a USA Today report stating that troop deployments are connected to an increase in child abuse, involving the spouse left behind.

Brett Lieberman wrote about the strain that returning Pennsylvania Guardsmen are feeling in a 5/13/07 Patriot-News story.

Lieberman writes that many returnees sleep with guns under their pillows and others become dangerous drivers on the road, “who speed and experience road rage”.

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Nursing Home Sanctions – Pennsylvania

From Al’s Morning Meeting, 4/25/07….

This is a General Account Office audit in pdf format that covers 4 states, and Pennsylvania is one of them.  Please note that abuse details are on page 44 of the report.  No specific homes are named, so you will have to contact the state for help there.

Nursing Home Sanctions Down — But Safer?

The General Accounting Office found [PDF] that government financial sanctions against the worst nursing homes are down, but it may not be because the homes are doing a better job.

Read on….

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