That is until the original owner’s family discovered the painting recently sold through an auction house. The family contacted retired FBI agent Robert K. Wittman, an art security specialist for his help and were finally able to recover the painting with the assistance of the Heritage Auctions.
Robert Wittman appears on Smart Talk Tuesday to share the story of the stolen painting and the efforts to return the property to the rightful owners.
The closures and waiver process were met with a great deal of criticism by business owners and Republican legislators who complained the process was fraught with inequities and problems.
Auditor General Timothy L. DeFoor’s report agrees with the complainants by saying “the process was hastily assembled on the fly, unevenly administered and should be reformed before anything like it is ever used again.”
Auditor General Republican Timothy L. DeFoor appears on Smart Talk Tuesday with the report findings.
There are 470 public libraries in Pennsylvania, each an important part of their community.
Books and libraries are so important that an Act of Congress established the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in 1977, to serve as a focal point for celebrating the legacy of books and to advocate for libraries.
Today there are affiliated centers for the book in Pennsylvania and in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Pennsylvania Center for the Book is located on the the University Park campus of Penn State University and they work to promote literacy and libraries throughout the Commonwealth.
Appearing on Smart TalkMonday to share insight into their role promoting community libraries is Ellysa Stern Cahoy, Associate Director of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.
Also on the program is Bernadette A. Lear, Behavioral Sciences and Education Librarian at the Penn State Harrisburg Library. She is the author of Made Free and Thrown Open to the Public, a book that charts the history of public libraries and librarianship in Pennsylvania.
Elections are complicated and labor intensive events. Preparation for an election and staffing on the actual day relies on volunteer poll workers to fulfill a majority of the tasks.
The Pennsylvania Department of State is actively encouraging citizens who are interested in learning more about elections to get involved at the polls. Is it hard to attract volunteers after the most recent, and contentious election cycle?
Scholarships are a big part of TFEC initiatives, as they offer a proverbial “leg-up” to those with ambition, but with limited resources.
As part of the Centennial event TFEC will host a free concert at the Whitaker Center on Saturday, September 18 at 5pm., to honor past Joseph L. and Vivian E. Steele Music Scholarship recipients. The concert will feature five musicians playing individually, then a piece commissioned by TFEC and composed by Jeremy Gill, a freelance composer, conductor and pianist based in New York City.
The insect is known to feed on over 70 species of plants so the potential economic and environmental impact could be severe. While the ultimate consequence of the infestation is not yet known, entomologists and agricultural agencies are monitoring the situation closely.
Joining Smart Talk Thursday to share details are the Rev. Mack Granderson, exhibit chair; the Very Rev. Dr. Amy D Welin, dean of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral; and Carrie Wissler Thomas, president of the Art Association of Harrisburg and an exhibit committee member.
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The Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation has a new director.
Derek Eberly is the newly assigned Director of Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation. He appears on Smart Talk Wednesday to discuss the council’s responsibilities, how important conservation is to the future of Pennsylvania and the economic impact of hunting and fishing to the state.
Today’s leading news stories focus on the global pandemic and the chaotic security situation in Afghanistan.
Richard Tofel, the President of ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit investigative newsroom, believes that while other world events demand our attention not enough awareness is focused on the heightening worldwide contest between the United States and China.
He likens the situation to the media’s coverage of the Cold War between the US and the then Soviet Union, which he believes can offer a guidepost to how the media covers the current situation. Richard Tofel appears on Smart Talk Tuesday to offer his perspective.