Contact Information 

District Offices
Tiadaghton Valley Mall
Room 105
701 Allegheny Street, Box 4
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
(570) 398-4476

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Penn Hills Plaza, Halls Station
21 Kristi Road
Suite 1
Muncy, PA 17756
(570) 546-2084

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Capitol Office
Hon. Garth Everett
401 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202084
Harrisburg PA 17120-2084
(717) 787-5270
Fax: (717) 772-9958

E-Mail:  
geverett@pahousegop.com

Grants Awarded to Address Muncy Creek Erosion, Wastewater System Upgrades
9/21/2018

Grants Awarded to Address Muncy Creek Erosion, Wastewater System Upgrades

Two grants totaling more than $450,000 were awarded this week to help protect the region’s water supply.

Lycoming County will receive $127,284 to implement Best Management Practices (BMP) to address erosion on the banks of Muncy Creek in the borough of Hughesville and Wolf Township. Gregg Township Municipal Authority will receive $335,000 to replace the existing Brady Township wastewater treatment plant with a new pump station located in the township.

To address erosion along the banks of Muncy Creek, the county plans to remove the existing gravel deposit from the opposite bank, remove two trees and repair existing yard, driveway and access road damage. According to Everett, it is estimated that 4,444 tons of sediment have been lost from the stream bank, and further erosion could damage the adjacent well pump house and contaminate the well that serves as much of the local water supply.

This grant was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) through the Watershed Restoration Protection Program, which is funded by impact fees assessed on drilling in the Marcellus Shale under Act 13 of 2012.

The Gregg Township Municipal Authority, which provides services to portions of Union and Lycoming counties, will use its funding to build a new pump station in Brady Township, including the structure itself, controls, valves, pipe, electrical infrastructure, generator, transfer switch, and associated excavation and installation. The project also includes installation of a manhole, feed pipe and other site work, as well as decommissioning the existing treatment plant.

This grant was awarded by the CFA through the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program, which offers grants that can be used to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system.
 

 
Celebrating a Century Farm
 

 

Congratulations to David and Donna Fenstermaker whose Limestone Township farm was recently designated a Century Farm by the state Department of Agriculture. I was honored to present a citation from the House of Representatives recognizing this outstanding achievement.

The Fenstermaker farm was originally purchased on July 28, 1908, by Alice M. (Fenstermaker) Gann. Alice was the great-great aunt of David Fenstermaker. Alice passed the farm onto her daughter Helen in 1947, and after Helen and her husband both passed away, their son Edwin G. Snyder became the owner.

The farmhouse, barn and other buildings on the farm, in addition to 40 acres, were purchased by David and Donna Fenstermaker from Edwin Snyder in 1998. The remaining acres remained in Edwin’s care until he passed away. His trust eventually sold the remaining acres of the farm, as well as buildings, to David Fenstermaker, and David’s son, Samuel. These buildings included the original home of Helen Gann and her husband, W. Edwin Snyder.

Verus Fenstermaker, brother to Alice Gann and grandfather to David Fenstermaker farmed the land for the entire family. Verus farmed alongside his son, John, and John passed his knowledge of farming onto David. John and David farmed the property together until John’s death in August 2017.

Approximately 91 of the original acres are still in use as a productive crop farm today. The farm produces mostly corn, but also wheat, oats, beans and hay.
 
 
Raising Awareness about Hunger 


 

In recognition of September being Hunger Action Month nationwide, Rep. Jeff Wheeland and I attended a breakfast this week at the Williamsport Healthy Food Hub. Thank you to Karen Woodings, advocacy manager for Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, her staff and all volunteers for their efforts to end hunger.
 
 
Thanks for Making Town Hall Meetings Successful!

 

Another nice discussion at my final town hall meeting of the year on Tuesday. I have enjoyed meeting and discussing the issues with the many residents of the 84th who came out to one of my five town hall meetings over the past few weeks. To all those who attended, I say thank you. I would like to also thank the White Deer Community Park Board, Picture Rocks Volunteer Fire Company, Jersey Shore Independent Hose Company, Trout Run Volunteer Fire Company, and Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Company for allowing me to use your facilities for the townhall meetings.
 
 
Investing in Local Companies, Local Jobs
  

The Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania (WEDnetPA) recently announced it has invested more than $67,000 in local employers to assist with their employee training needs. This is a great way to retain jobs and capitalize on the hard-working and talented employees available right here at home.

The funding was awarded as follows:
  • Andritz Inc., Feed and Biofuel Division – $9,940.
  • GAF – $12,579.
  • Kellogg Company, Muncy – $22,514.
  • Pneu-Dart Inc. – $1,800.
  • Ralph S. Alberts Company Inc. – $8,492.
  • Thermal Product Solutions – $3,311.
  • West Pharmaceutical Services Inc., Jersey Shore – $9,254.
WEDnetPA is a network of 26 community colleges, State System universities and other partners that provide expert support to help companies assess their training needs, develop training plans and apply for funding. Its main objective is to assist companies in obtaining a level of training and expertise among employees that they otherwise may not have reached on their own. The programs are focused mainly on the manufacturing and technology industries.

Learn more here.
 
 
Patching Next Week on Route 15 SB in South Williamsport

A PennDOT maintenance crew will be patching Route 15 southbound at the intersection with Southern Avenue in South Williamsport next week. Weather permitting, patching will be performed during daylight hours from Monday through Thursday, Sept. 24-27.

There will be alternating lane closures while work is underway. Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.
 
 
Grants Available to PA Dairy Farmers
 

 
A $5 million grant program to aid Pennsylvania dairy farmers, approved as part of the 2018-19 state budget, is now accepting applications through the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

The Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program was established under Act 42 of 2018 to help dairy farmers overcome falling milk prices and other market challenges. The grants may be used for researching new technologies, products and best practices; marketing to new domestic and international markets; exploring new business opportunities to diversify their operation and revenue streams; transitioning to organic production methods; and incorporating or expanding value-added dairy production, such as cheese and yogurt products.

For more information about how to apply, click here.
 
 
Farm Conservation Tax Credits Available
 

 
To help farmers implement best management practices (BMPs) to prevent water pollution or purchase conservation equipment, $10 million in tax credits is available through the 2018-19 Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program.

REAP is designed for agricultural producers who install BMPs or make equipment purchases that reduce nutrient and sediment runoff, which improves Pennsylvania’s streams and watersheds. The program is administered by Pennsylvania’s State Conservation Commission.

Farmers may receive tax credits of up to $150,000 per agricultural operation for 50 percent to 75 percent of a project’s cost. The most common projects approved are for no-till planting and precision ag equipment, waste storage facilities, conservation plans, Nutrient Management Plans, and protecting animal heavy-use areas like barnyards. Cover crops and riparian stream buffers are also common REAP-eligible practices. REAP can be used in conjunction with other funding sources such as the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) or the Chesapeake Bay Program to help install BMPs.

For projects that include the proposed purchase of equipment, the equipment must be delivered by June 30, 2019. For projects involving the implementation of structural BMPs, all BMPs and BMP components must be completed by June 30, 2020, to be eligible.

REAP applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, click here.
 
 
Did You Know? Septic Maintenance Tips


 
This past week was designated SepticSmart Week, and the Pennsylvania Septage Management Association (PSMA) is offering the following tips to keep your septic system in good working order.

1. Inspect Your Septic System Annually
By having your septic system inspected annually, you are much less likely to experience major problems with your system. Similar to car maintenance, it is more cost effective to take preventative actions rather than waiting for something to go wrong. Unnoticed little problems become big, expensive problems. Consult a wastewater professional to inspect your septic system.

2. Pump Your Tank Every 3-5 Years
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requires septic systems to be pumped at a minimum of every 3-5 years. Some systems must be pumped more frequently depending on the size of the tank, as well as the amount of people within the household.

3. Don’t Overload the Commode
Septic systems work because waste is absorbed and broken down biologically. A toilet is not a trash can. Disposable diapers and wipes, feminine hygiene products, coffee grounds, cigarette butts, and cat litter can and will damage a septic system.

4. Think at the Sink
It’s not just in the bathroom. What goes down the drain has a huge impact on your septic system. Fats, grease and solids can clog a system’s pipes and drainfield.

5. Do Not Use Excessive Amounts of Chemical Products
Cleaning products such as bleaches, detergents, and drain cleaners are fine to use occasionally but when used excessively they can kill the natural bacteria within your septic system.

6. Conserve Water
Do not use excessive amounts of water. Using excessive amounts of water can overload a septic system. Use water efficiently and stagger use of water-based appliances to prevent an overload.

7. Septic Systems Do Not Need Additives
According to the EPA, there is no scientific evidence that biological and chemical additives aid or accelerate decomposition in septic tanks. Some additives can be detrimental to the septic system and sometimes can contaminate ground water.

8. Trees and Septic Systems Do Not Mix Well
Tree roots grow rapidly and can quickly cause damage to your septic system. Roots will seek out your nutrient rich drainfield and can possibly find their way into the septic system’s pipes. Trees are beautiful. Broken septic pipes are not!

9. Do Not Drive Over the Drainfield
Drainfields naturally absorb waste. Driving a truck over it or letting cattle graze on it compresses the soil and cause damage over time. Grass is nice but maybe a Pollinator Garden would be even better.

10. Redirect Rainwater Away from the Drainfield
A soggy drainfield can have problems aborting effluent waste from the septic tank.

11. What To Do During and After a Flood
Do not pump the septic tank during a flood or saturated drainfield conditions. Pumping it out then could cause the tank to try to float out of the ground and may damage the inlet and outlet pipes. The best solution is to plug all drains in the basement and drastically reduce water use. After flooding conditions subside, pump the septic system as soon as possible. Be sure to pump both the tank and lift station to remove silt and debris that may have washed into the system. Lastly, examine all electrical connections for damage before restoring electricity.

12. Protecting Your Septic System in Freezing Weather
To keep your septic system from freezing in extreme weather, it is crucial to keep the tank and drainfield warm. Heat is naturally produced during the biological process of waste breaking down in the tank. Snow cover will act as a blanket and your septic system should be insulated. If there is no snow, an alternative step is to layer 8-12 inches of mulch, hay, leaves, or any loose material that will stay in place and not become compacted over the tank and drainfield. If your septic system does freeze, call a septic system professional.

13. (or Perhaps This Should Be Number One) Involve a Professional
This is not when you hire “Joe Back Hoe.” A septic system needs professional maintenance to prolong its life and the continued value of your property. Pennsylvania Septage Management Association’s web site has a search feature to identify professionals in your area.
   
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