Stories tagged: "Rural communities"


FILE - A home router and internet switch are displayed on June 19, 2018, in East Derry, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
Bridging the Digital Divide: 20 Internet Companies Agree to Provide Discount Services

Over 900,000 Pennsylvanians are eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program, which provides monthly subsidies on internet service for low-income households.

Groundhog Club handler A.J. Dereume interacts with Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 136th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. Phil's handlers said that the groundhog has forecast six more weeks of winter. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger)
Punxsutawney Phil Predicts 6 More Weeks of Winter

After a year away due to the pandemic, thousands of people from around the nation and other countries gathered at Gobbler's Knob to witness Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction.

Rural Pennsylvania
The Pandemic Is Hitting Rural Pennsylvania Hard. Here’s Why.

Of the more than 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state since March, 32% were recorded in rural counties. Rural counties make up just 26% of Pennsylvania’s population.

Shown is a farm in in Lebanon, Pa., on May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Second Wave of Coronavirus Hitting Rural Pennsylvania Hardest

Rural areas of Pennsylvania have seen a tremendous spike in coronavirus cases and COVID-19 deaths since October, pushing numbers far higher than in urban areas.

Pennsylvania officials want rural residents to know they are not alone during the holidays and winter months. (Shutterstock Photo/Daria Chichkareva)
Farmers Need Mental Health Support. PA Officials Encourage Them to Ask for It

The departments of Human Services and Agriculture want to let rural residents to know about valuable mental health resources.