BU program receives PDE approval

BLOOMSBURG - The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has approved a new certification for Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's College of Education - the undergraduate hearing impaired and pre K-4 dual program certificate.

According to Elizabeth Mauch, dean of BU's College of Education, BU is the only institution in Pennsylvania to offer the deaf education and pre K-4 certificate at the undergraduate level.

Previously, novice teachers were required to pursue separate certifications in deaf education and early childhood. The new certification leads to a bachelor's degree in hearing impaired and pre K-4 dual program.

Date set for Halloween parade

SHAMOKIN - This year's Halloween parade will be held Wednesday, Oct. 22.

As has been the case in recent years, no rain date is schedule to avoid conflict with other events.

First National Bank, The News-Item and AREA Services will again sponsor the parade.