Thumbs up: You have to admire Penn State fans' dedication.

Several locals said not even a volcanic eruption could keep them from traveling to Ireland to watch the Nittany Lions take on the University of Central Florida Saturday.

"We can't wait to leave. We've seen the news and if a volcano erupts and we get stuck in Ireland, oh well. You could be stuck in worst places," said Janice Schimel, a York Township resident who is traveling to Ireland with her husband and six other couples.

"My bags are packed, and we're doing this, volcano and all," she said.

At issue is the rumbling Icelandic volcano Bardarbunga, which has been the site of intense seismic activity since Aug. 16.

The country's threat level for an eruption sits in the fourth position on a five-tiered scale. The fifth, red position indicates an eruption is imminent or underway.

Should Bardarbunga blow its top, the volcano could cause problems far beyond Iceland.

The ash cloud would span several miles in height and width, likely grounding airplanes. A similar Icelandic eruption four years ago canceled 10,000 flights around the world over the course of a week, the Associated Press reported.

We'll keep our fingers crossed for the Lions and their fans – and for Iceland.

Thumbs up: To York County's human resources department, for bringing back its career fair to help fill local government jobs.


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The fair will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 27 in the third-floor training room of the County Administrative Center, at 28 E. Market St.

The county, one of the largest employers in York, is looking for applicants of all types for openings across departments and agencies, said Kristy Bixler, executive director of human resources.

She noted that human resources is particularly looking to get applications for civil service positions, especially encouraging bilingual candidates.

The fair is being held "just to get the word out on different county agencies," Bixler said. "Our wages are comparable, healthcare is also comparable and we have great holidays and time off benefits."

Bixler said hiring managers will accept resumes and applications, but will not be conducting on-site interviews. She said a similar fair was held about five years ago, and was successful in generating interest for various local government opportunities.

"We go out a lot to job fairs, and it was something were we said, 'Why don't we bring them in?'" Bixler said.