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It’s time for Roar on the Shore (and more DUI enforcement)

With summer in full swing, motorcyclists in Erie, Northwest Pennsylvania and the surrounding region are anxiously awaiting the premier motorcycle event of the year: the Roar on the Shore.

Tens of thousands of motorcyclists and their friends will ride into Erie from July 18-22. The week will feature scheduled rides, concerts and other fun events.

Three Examples of Parenting Time Interference

Your ex must abide by the parenting plan and custody agreement that you get in a divorce. These days, courts tend to favor joint custody, so it is likely that the two of you share time with your children.

When your ex refuses to cooperate with the agreement and infringes on your rights, it is known as parenting time interference. Three examples include:

  • Refusing to drop the child off with you in accordance with the schedule. For instance, perhaps you and your ex exchange the child every Saturday, and you both get a week. Your ex may refuse to drop the child off until a later date or never bring him or her back at all.
  • Picking the child up without first getting your permission. Perhaps you always do the exchange after school on Friday, simply by having the other parent pick the child up at the end of the day. Your ex may pick the child up early on your day to prevent you from doing so.
  • Moving so that shared custody becomes impossible. At the time of the agreement, you both still lived near each other in Pennsylvania. Your ex may then decide to move to another state, with the child, even though the court order says that doing so is not allowed. Regardless of your specific schedule, it is impossible to keep at that distance.

Mother allegedly runs from accident that injures daughter, friend

A Pennsylvania woman has been arrested and accused of running away from an accident scene after crashing her car. Both her daughter and her friend were injured in the crash, but she apparently left them behind.

The 43-year-old woman was driving with the two girls in western Pennsylvania when she rolled her vehicle. The crash was violent enough to throw her daughter, who did not have a seat belt on, out of the car. She injured her arm and suffered facial injuries. The friend does not appear to have been ejected, but still suffered a back injury in the crash.

Can you protect your autistic child with a special needs trust?

Having an autistic child can change many of your plans for life. Decisions about everything from where you live to how you approach family meals may have to change. Once you adjust your expectations for the needs of your child, living with an autistic son or daughter can be a beautiful thing.

However, unlike neurotypical children, autistic children will often require support from their parents or guardians for their entire lives. That can make creating a Will or an estate plan more complicated. Thankfully, a special needs trust can help give you the peace of mind you need and your child the protection he or she deserves.

When is it time to change a custody and visitation order?

A custody and visitation order is an essential part of your family life after a separation or divorce. The matter is challenging and delicate. Finalizing the agreement was no easy feat: It took time, serious consideration and compromise from both you and the other parent.

Months or years down the road, you will likely need to adjust any custody arrangements. Just has life is always changing, so are your relationships with your children.

Drinking and boating in Pennsylvania

The summer boating season is in full swing, and the state of Pennsylvania offers a variety of lakes that are key spots for recreation and relaxation, including Lake Erie. But the enjoyment can abruptly come to an end if your boat gets pulled over or you find yourself in an accident.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, roughly half of all boating fatalities involve alcohol. Many people think of drinking and driving a boat as different than a car, only to find out that the laws are virtually the same.

Tips to help you ask your parents about a will

Talking about a Will is tough. Your parents may not want you to bring it up because they simply feel uncomfortable talking about the end of their lives. You may feel nervous about asking because you do not want to sound like you just want to know more about your possible inheritance.

However, many people pass away without Wills, and it can lead to a lot of complicated problems for family members who need to sort everything out. It is a good conversation to have in advance. Below are a few ways to go about it:

  1. Talk to your siblings. Maybe they know something you do not. At the very least, you can all approach your parents at once in the form of a family meeting with everyone involved. This makes it easier, and no one feels left out.
  2. Find an easy way to broach the subject. For instance, some people have brought it up after seeing a friend's parents pass away without a Will. If this happens, you can explain that you saw firsthand how complicated it was and you just do not want that to happen to your own family. This is easier than bringing it up out of the blue.
  3. Make your own will and estate plan. Get your affairs in order. Then you can mention that you did it and ask your parents if they did. It is a natural way to introduce the topic, you will know what you are talking about, and it may make them feel less awkward knowing you are doing it too.

5 tips to follow when you start co-parenting

You do not stop being a parent when you stop being married. If anything, you may become even more conscious of your parental role because the situation gets more complicated when you do not live together.

Your goal should always be to make things go as smoothly for your children as possible. To do so, keep these five tips in mind:

  1. Start a "professional" relationship with your ex. Think of each other as co-workers. You do not have to like each other, but you need to be civil, reliable and professional as you work toward a common goal.
  2. Have a plan. Sit down with your co-parent and talk about what you want your parenting plan to look like and what is important to you. Agree that you will both stick to the plan for the children's sake.
  3. Focus on communication. It is the key to this new relationship. Do not get bogged down with the drama. Swallow your feelings and emotions and find ways to communicate clearly and effectively.
  4. Remember that you can't force your ex-spouse to parent exactly like you do. You can have a strict bedtime at your house, but your ex may let the kids stay up later. You can feed them healthy meals, and your ex may give them fast food. Learn how to let go of the little things.
  5. Never insult your ex where the children can hear it. Even if you feel angry, do not negatively impact their relationship in any way. Work it out between the two of you.

Naloxone, an opioid overdose antidote, recalled

There is no doubt that our country is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. However, Pennsylvania's prescription drug monitoring program has helped the state see a 14 percent decline in opioid prescriptions from 2016 to 2017.

The prescription drug monitoring program collects patient information on their prescriptions and loads it into a database that can be searched by physicians. This is to keep patients from seeking prescriptions from various doctors. In addition to the program, prescriptions for naloxone doubled last year. However, a recent recall of naloxone could make supplies of the overdose antidote limited.

Car Hits Ice Cream Shop and Injures Three

A car in Warminster, Pennsylvania, smashed into a local ice cream shop. The accident happened on Friday, June 1.

That's a prime time for business at an ice cream shop on the first Friday of June. Families and children flock to these shops all summer long, out for a night of fun and relaxation. It's a staple of summer culture in the United States.