Jan. 13, 2017

Farm Show Attracts Thousands


The 101st Farm Show will wrap up Saturday, with hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to walk through the doors at the Farm Show Complex near Harrisburg. There’s still time to stop by if you haven’t yet visited the largest indoor exposition of its kind along the East Coast.

Locally, the 84th District is boasting a lot of blue-ribbon entries in this year’s Farm Show. Be sure to check out list of winners on the Farm Show website. The site also includes hundreds of photos from the week, categorized by competition, and recipes from the award-winning baking contests.

Workshop in Williamsport to Help Businesses Work with Government

Businesses will have the opportunity to learn basic principles they need to know to work with local, state and federal governments in a free workshop, conducted by SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) Procurement Technical Assistance Center staff.

The “Selling to the Government: The First Steps” workshop is on Friday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, 102 W. 4th St., Williamsport.

Topics include:
  • How the government buys goods and services.
  • Certifications and registrations necessary to sell to local, state and federal governments.
  • How government agencies advertise their opportunities.
  • Locating subcontracting opportunities with government “prime” contractors.
  • Understanding the sales process.

The workshop also is co-sponsored by the Innovative Manufacturers’ Center and the Lock Haven University Small Business Development Center.

Registration is required and can be completed online here.

For more information, contact SEDA-COG’s Kristen Moyer at 570-524-4491 or Kristen@seda-cog.org.

PPL Foundation Grants Are Available

The PPL Foundation opened its 2017 Sustaining Grant program this week and is currently accepting applications from organizations focused on education, workforce development and community revitalization.

Last year, the Foundation awarded more than $450,000 in grants to 95 nonprofit organizations in communities throughout PPL Electric Utilities' 29-county service territory.

Among the grants awarded in 2016 was for the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport for the Community Arts Center's Education Series program, which welcomes up to 10,000 area students annually for theater productions that help enhance the classroom experience by providing another dimension of learning for the students.

Interested organizations can apply for sustaining grants from $1,000 to $25,000. The application deadline is March 31.

To be considered for a grant, all organizations must apply online at pplcares.com.
LIHEAP Can Help with Home Energy Bills

Residents who are struggling with their home heating bills can apply for assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) this winter.

LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing his or her heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.

The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150 percent of the federal poverty level income. For an individual, the income limit is $17,820; for a couple, the limit is $24,030; and for a family of four, it is $36,450.

Residents may apply for LIHEAP online or by contacting the County Assistance Office in their county of residence. Click here for details.
Special Veterans Assistance Hours Jan. 23

If you are a veteran or a family member of one, I encourage you to take advantage of free assistance at Penn Hills Plaza, Suite 1, Muncy.

Dan Falls, department service officer with the Pennsylvania American Legion, will be available by appointment on Monday, Jan. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., to help with issues such as compensation, pension, death benefits, education, health care and general veterans’ benefits. Veterans do not need to be a member of the legion to participate.

To schedule an appointment, call my district office at (570) 546-2084.
Beer Sales Changes Start Saturday

Under a new law aimed at improving customer convenience, consumers will be able to buy six-packs and refillable growlers at the state’s beer distributorships this Saturday.

The law also allows retail licensees to start selling on Sundays at 9 a.m. instead of 11 a.m.; permits a person licensed by another state to apply for a “malt or brewed beverage shipper license,” which allows the direct shipment of up to 192 fluid ounces of beer to be delivered to a customer per month, though only 96 fluid ounces of a specific brand of beer may be shipped per year to an adult resident; and allows liquor to be sold (in shatterproof containers) before, during and after professional and amateur athletic events in the same manner that is currently permitted for the sale of malt or brewed beverages.

The new law is the latest in a series of steps taken by lawmakers to make beer, wine and liquor sales more convenient to consumers. Other recent changes allowed the sale of wine at approved grocery stores.
Prepare Now for Driving in Winter Weather

Motorists are being encouraged to prepare their vehicles and take time to familiarize themselves with winter safety laws as part of Winter Driving Awareness Week.

Drivers should plan and prepare their vehicles ahead of time, as weather patterns can change rapidly. Drivers should frequently check all fluid levels, lights and wiper blades. Tires should also be examined often for the correct level of air pressure and adequate tire-tread depth to perform on ice and snow. Finally, the traveling public should also prepare or restock a vehicle emergency kit.

All vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.

When winter weather does occur, drivers should be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment.

For more detailed tips on winter weather emergency preparedness, click here.
Road Maintenance Info Available Online

To make your travels easier, the weekly road maintenance schedule is available at the PennDOT Regional Office website here.

For statewide information, visit 511pa.com.