Can you hear
During an emergency meeting of the Warren County School Board to begin a bid process on a new transformer for the Warren County Career Center, a chorus of the Pledge of Allegiance drew a few laughs from board members and members of the audience. Two school board members, who were unable to attend in person, were on speaker phone. The speaker phone, however, was set louder than expected. The two board members reciting the pledge drew a few chuckles from the crowd after it was apparent they were drowning out everyone else.
In recent Warren County court proceedings a defendant was ordered to contact adult probation prior to sentencing. The defendant failed to do so and when in front of the judge, his attorney cited health problems. "I don't see anything in your client's medical records about his ability to pick up a phone or walk to the courthouse."
Put on your
There are certain places that have levels of expectation with regard to appearance. One of those places is, apparently, sentence court. When a defendant came before the judge dressed in a way that was ruled inappropriate, the judge's displeasure was evident. "Do you have long pants at your residence?" (Rhetorical question, we never did find out if the defendant owns long pants.) "If you come into my courtroom in shorts again, you will sit in the jail until someone brings you pants."
During a Warren County school board discussion of a low-interest loan opportunity, the talk turned to one of the loan's backers. The loan program is a spinoff of the federal stimulus programs. The district would have to pay back the loan at normal rates. The government would reimburse a majority of the interest costs. "Let's say for example the federal government found themselves in a deficit..."
At a recent public meeting, board members took time to reschedule an upcoming meeting. The leader of the pack made a comment that rescheduling appeared harder than just keeping the original date. "I know that won't put a wet washcloth on it." Exactly. Wait. What? The other members and the audience looked a bit perplexed, too.
Bad timing, but record time
After a recent public meeting ended earlier than expected, a member of the board noted the early hour stating, "look at your clocks... it says 8:35 p.m." A member of the public, however, pointed out that the clocks showed 7:35 p.m. due to a recent power failure that pushed all clocks back an hour.
A Pennsylvania State Trooper stopped by to introduce himself to supervisors and local residents at a recent township meeting. The trooper said jokingly he was there for a simple meet and greet and was not there "to pick anyone up." One of the supervisors quipped: "Well that's a good thing because I'm sure there are a few of us in here who could be picked up."