Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Huntingdon County Commissioners signed a proclamation declaring April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month at their weekly meeting Tuesday. On hand for the presentation were, from the left, commissioners Mark Sather and Scott Walls, Rebecca Wills from The Abuse Network and commissioner Jeff Thomas.

The Huntingdon County Commissioners Tuesday approved a Enterprise Zone restructure request for Stone Town Gallery in Huntingdon Borough during their weekly meeting Tuesday.

Stone Town Gallery originally took out a $60,000 EZ Loan in 2013 to open up the location at 509 Washington St., Huntingdon.

As Huntingdon County Business and Industry (HCBI) executive director Robert Reitman explained, the restructure request is to use something else for collateral.

“They’ve reduced the amount of the principal significantly, and originally, a property at 628 Seventh St., was used as collateral, but they are selling that property to help bring revenue back to the business,” he said, further explaining that the collateral they want to use in place of the property would be the café at Stone Town Gallery.

“We feel this collateral is sufficient to let go of the lien on the property,” he said.

With that in mind, the commissioners approved the loan restructure request.

Also Tuesday, the commissioners signed a proclamation acknowledging April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the county.

Board of commissioners’ chair Mark Sather read from the proclamation that, “the goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. Rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment harm our community, and statistics show one in five women and one in 67 men will be raped at some point in their lives.”

This year’s theme for Sexual Assault Awareness Month is, “I Ask ...” emphasizing the power of asking for consent.

“Consent is a clear, concrete example of what it takes to end sexual harassment, abuse and assault,” said Sather, reading from the proclamation. “The goal of the campaign is to empower everyone to put consent into practice.”

Additionally, Jack Harman, a deputy Emergency Management Agency director, brief commissioners on the storm damage that occurred as a result of a EF-1 tornado that swept through the southern end of the county last week.

Harman said the storm occurred in the area known as Richvale in Tell Township from approximately 7:28-7:35 p.m. April 19, creating a 5-mile-long, 200-yard-wide path of damage, with damage reported in neighboring Dublin Township as well.

Kylie can be reached at khawn@huntingdondailynews.com.

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