Joyce Massucci, right, holds hands with her friend "Smiling Dave" as they listen to "Soulful Femme" on the first day of the Franklin Blues & Barbecue Festival, Saturday, June 19, in Franklin, Pa. The annual festival with free music, returned after being canceled last year due to COVID-19, uses proceeds from vendors and sponsors to support the music programs in the local public schools. The festival helped celebrate the first Juneteenth celebration in the city.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Post-Pandemic Life: Handling the Emotions and Changes We’ve All Been Waiting For

How are you dealing with getting back to "normal." It's natural to feel stress about returning to normal, according to experts.

Alicia Duque, a 35-year-old mother of three and volunteer organizer for the progressive group, Action Together listens to Claudia Glennan at the Edwardsville Pierogi Festival in Edwardsville, Pa., Friday, June 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Permanent Child Tax Credit Would Take Pennsylvania Children Out of Poverty

Starting July 15, families will start getting monthly checks thanks to the expanded child tax credit included in the American Rescue Plan. That could be a big deal for Pennsylvania families.

The Heller Dam in Lycoming County, seen in this September 2019 file photo, is almost 50 years old and is deemed a high hazard dam. It stores drinking water for over 50,000 people and more than 2,600 residents would be at risk if it ever failed. (Mark Nance/Sun-Gazette via AP)
Dams Are Forgotten Infrastructure—Until They Fail

Pennsylvania has nearly 3,400 dams. Many of them could benefit from funding in President Biden's infrastructure plan.

An acid mine drainage well was located on the bank of a tributary to Montgomery Creek. DEP successfully plugged the abandoned well. (PA Department of Environmental Protection)
Why Are Abandoned Wells Such a Problem in Pennsylvania?

Sealing off abandoned oil and gas wells throughout the commonwealth might sound like a boring topic, but it could bring thousands of jobs to the state while helping the environment.

These railroad tracks could be getting more use if Amtrak's plan goes through.
All Aboard, Pennsylvania: Restoring Passenger Rail Service from Reading to Philadelphia

A new study shows not only that reviving passenger rail service in Reading is financially possible and economically profitable, but it has the support of Amtrak and President Biden.

In this Saturday, May 16, 2020, photo, a family walks their field in the Mennonite Valley of Lancaster County, Pa. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)
COVID and the Amish: How the Plain Communities View the Pandemic

Pennsylvania health officials worked with the state's Plain populations at the beginning of the pandemic. The task is harder now that the vaccines are available.

Dr. George Garrow, the chief medical officer for the Primary Health Network in Western Pennsylvania, holds a dose of the coronavirus vaccine. (Screenshot. Graphic treatment by Rebecca Russ)
Logistics Isn’t the Only Problem to Vaccinating Rural Pennsylvania

Health experts say the vaccine rollout is going slower in rural areas, in part, because rural residents don't trust the government.