Public Meeting on Proposed PGE Project in Loyalsock Creek Valley
12/7/2018
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Public Meeting on Proposed PGE Project in Loyalsock Creek Valley
I will host an informational public meeting featuring Pennsylvania General Energy (PGE) and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Plunketts Creek Fire Hall. The Fire Hall is located at 327 Dunwoody Rd, Williamsport, PA 17701.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide the public information on PGE’s proposed water withdrawal and pipeline project in the Loyalsock Creek Valley just below what was Best Beach.

I will moderate the meeting which will feature presentations by PGE on the proposed project and DCNR on how it approves and manages this type project on state forest land. In addition, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) will provide information on what its role will be in the project and how it regulates water withdrawals. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will explain the permitting and regulatory process PGE will be required to comply with and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) will explain its involvement in the process.

A question-and-answer session will be conducted following the presentations.
                                           

Classroom Visit at George Ferrell Elementary School
                                   
   
Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with 4th grade students from Mrs. Stacie Kilgore’s class at George Ferrell Elementary School in Picture Rocks. We talked a little bit about the classes recent visit to the Capitol and took time to answer some questions the students had about the Capitol, the 84th Legislative District and their State Representative.
 

Get Your 2019 Fishing License!
Fishing licenses for 2019 are now available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and its more than 700 issuing agents and county treasurers’ offices.

The price of a resident fishing license this year is $22.90. The most popular add-ons, a trout-salmon stamp and a Lake Erie permit, cost $9.90 each, or $15.90 for a combination permit.

Customers will also have the option of purchasing several new voluntary permits, with funds generated by their purchase being reinvested into their respective programs. The voluntary permits include: bass ($11.90); musky ($11.90); habitat/waterways conservation permit ($11.90); and wild trout and enhanced waters permit ($26.90).

Licenses are valid for up to 13 months, from December 2018 through Dec. 31, 2019.

For more information about fishing in PA, and how to give the gift of fishing by purchasing a gift voucher, visit fishandboat.com.
 

Reminder: Veterans Assistance Available Dec. 27
If you are a veteran or a family member of one, I encourage you to take advantage of free assistance at my local office in Muncy.

Dan Falls, department service officer with the Pennsylvania American Legion, will be available by appointment on Thursday, Dec. 27, 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. If you can’t make it in December, service hours will be available on the fourth Tuesday of each month, with the exception of December.

The Muncy office is located in Penn Hills Plaza, 21 Kristi Road, Suite 1.
 

PA Fire, Emergency Services Need Our Help
With fire and ambulance services continuing to struggle across the Commonwealth, a 39-member commission created by lawmakers to study the situation issued dozens of recommendations last week.

Statistics show the number of volunteer firefighters has shrunk from about 300,000 in the 1980s to 38,000 today, according to the Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute. Ambulance services are facing similar challenges for both volunteers and paid staff, leaving communities potentially vulnerable in emergency situations.

To reverse this trend, the commission suggests several strategies to boost recruitment and retention, including providing Length of Service Award Payments (LOSAP) and other benefit programs, funding basic fire and EMS training at the state level, and offering incentives to employers to permit trainees to attend fire and EMS training.

You can read the commission’s report here.
 

Recent Accidents Involving School Buses
 
There have been too many tragic stories in the news lately about children getting hit by vehicles when getting on or off a school bus, including a deadly incident in Pennsylvania in which a 7-year-old boy was struck.

These crashes can be completely avoidable if motorists obey the Pennsylvania School Bus Stopping Law which requires motorists to stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended.

Motorists must stop when they are behind the bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped. Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety.

For more information about school bus safety and to view an interactive infographic on when to stop for a school bus, visit penndot.gov/safety.
 

Guard Against Fraud This Holiday Season
While the holiday season is often the most charitable, consumers are encouraged to be vigilant and watch out for scams aimed at taking advantage of their good will.

For your protection, the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Bureau of Charitable Organizations maintains a publicly accessible online database which contains all legally established charities in Pennsylvania. Consumers are encouraged to verify the legitimacy of any charity using this database prior to donating.

To learn more about an organization prior to donating or to report suspected fraud, you may also call the bureau’s toll-free telephone hotline at 1-800-732-0999.

For additional information about protecting yourself while giving, click here.
 
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